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Reduced Breath Sounds

 
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Overview

  • Listen For

  • Reduced intensity of breath sounds, either focally or generally over the chest. 
  • Causes of Decreased Breath Sounds

  • Shallow breathing - e.g. due to anxiety or CNS depression
  • Obstruction - foreign body, tumour, asthma, COPD
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Obesity
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