diminished breath sound

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diminished breath sound

A soft, decreased, or distant vesicular lung sound as heard through a stethoscope.


Diminished breath sounds are common in patients with poor respiratory effort, splinting, emphysema, and other lung conditions.

See also: sound
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The patient often is dypneic and anxious, complains of chest pain, displays tachypnea and tachycardia, exhibits tracheal deviation, and demonstrates hyperresonance and diminished breath sounds over the involved lung.
Pulmonary examination revealed diminished breath sounds at the basal right hemithorax and the diaphragm was determined to be higher on the right by percussion.
Physical examination noted conjunctival suffusion, epistaxis, posterior cervical and inguinal lymphadenopathy, bilaterally diminished breath sounds, rhonchi and crackles, bloody cough, tachycardia, hepatosplenomegaly, and a macular rash over the lower extremities.
Findings on physical examination may include tachypnea, tachycardia, dullness to percussion, diminished breath sounds and rales.
shortness of breath and diminished breath sounds on the affected side.