How to examine chest?

Examination of respiratory system consists of
1-Inspection
2-Palpation
3-Percussion
4-Auscultation.

*examine both front & back of the chest.
*compare both sides of chest with each other.




 Inspection;
Following features should be noted while Inspection
1- Respiratory rate
2- Type of Respiration
3- Shape of the chest
4- Deformity
5- Prominent veins,Pulsations,Scars
6- Chest movements

Palpation;
Palpate for
1- Tenderness,crepitus
2- Position of the trachea & apex beat
3- Movements of the chest wall
4- Expansion of the chest
5- Vocal fremitus
6- Palpable added sounds.

Percussion;



Auscultation;

It is the "most" useful step in the examination of respiratory system.
Learn to recognize the normal breath sounds by auscultating yourself.
I'm sharing with you some links of breath sounds,listen them carefully
Normal breath sounds,
Bronchial vs Vesicular breathing 

Abnormal breath sounds;

Stridor
Wheezes
Crackels

Pleural friction rub

You can listen to more lung sounds  click here  


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