Signs
 

Tracheal Deviation

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Overview

    • How to Elicit

    • Inspect the trachea and palpate gently, to identify deviation to either side.
    • Causes of Tracheal Deviation

    • Volume loss - lobectomy, pneumonectomy, significant atelectasis
    • Volume expansion - tension pneumothorax, large pleural effusion
    • Interpretation

    • Tracheal deviation toward the affected side - occurs due to volume loss
    • Tracheal deviation away from the affected side - occurs due to volume expansion
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