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When you listen to the lungs of an ex-preemie, do you define "clear lung sounds" differently than with a kid without bpd? please explain.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree

In brief: Clear means clear...

Clear lung sounds means the doctor does not hear the sounds of wheezing (as in asthma), stridor (as in croup or a narrowed airway), rhonchi (as in rattling mucus globs), etc.
.. However, some patients with chronic lung disease (some are preemies, many are not) have lungs that never sound completely clear. One's regular doctor knows this, and might say "clear lung sounds" to mean no new bad sounds.

In brief: Clear means clear...

Clear lung sounds means the doctor does not hear the sounds of wheezing (as in asthma), stridor (as in croup or a narrowed airway), rhonchi (as in rattling mucus globs), etc.
.. However, some patients with chronic lung disease (some are preemies, many are not) have lungs that never sound completely clear. One's regular doctor knows this, and might say "clear lung sounds" to mean no new bad sounds.
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Dr. William Walsh
Lung exams change from hour to hour in some patients (CF, BPD, etc) depending on how well the patient can clear plugs or secretions or if one area plugs off. One way to avoid this is simply to use correct terminology: bronchial, broncho-vesicular, vesicular. Clear is misleading term - it can indicate the absence of air movement.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia is a lung disease more common in severly premature babies - more than 10 weeks early.
With proper care, however, the babies can often regain most or even all lung function. If your doctor says your child's lung are clear, give thanks and give your child a hug!

In brief: No

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia is a lung disease more common in severly premature babies - more than 10 weeks early.
With proper care, however, the babies can often regain most or even all lung function. If your doctor says your child's lung are clear, give thanks and give your child a hug!
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