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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On physical examination, the patient's chest was symmetrical and barrel shaped, with diminished breath sounds heard.
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.