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.
PVCM may mimic asthma on examination, presenting as wheezing, coughing, tachypnoea, use of accessory muscles, diminished breath sounds and even cyanosis (41).
Cardiopulmonary examination revealed diminished breath sounds bilaterally in the lower half of the lung fields, with associated dullness to percussion, and decreased fremitus.