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Reduced Breath Sounds



    • 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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