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  1. 1. 1Respiratory ExaminationIntroductionW - Wash your hands.I – Introduce yourself (full name and role). Greet the patient with their title andsurname, and check you are using their preferred form of address.P - Permission. Explain that you wish to perform a respiratory examination and obtainconsent for the examination.E - Expose the necessary parts of the patient. Ideally the patient should be undressedfrom the waist up taking care to ensure the patient is not cold or unnecessarilyembarrassed.R – Reposition the patient. In this examination the patient should be supine andreclined at 45 degrees.Peripheral ExaminationEnd of the Bed The position of the patientFirst look at the patient from the end ofthe bed for signs of breathlessnesss or distress. Those with extremepulmonary dysfunction will often sit up-right. In cases of real distress, theywill lean forward, resting their hands on their knees in what is known as the tri-pod position. is also important to look at the surrounding environment for sputum pots, Itnebulisers, peak-flow meters, inhalers or oxygen tubing.Breathing through pursed lips, often seen in cases of emphysema.
  2. 2. 2Ability to speak. At times, respiratory rates can be so high and/or work ofbreathing so great that patients are unable to speak in complete sentences. If thisoccurs, note how many words they can speak (i.e. the fewer words per breath, theworse the problem!).HandsLook at the hands for clubbing, tar staining and peripheral cyanosis.Examine for tremor and a carbon dioxide retention flap.Palpate the radial pulse to calculate heart rate. At this time also assess respiratory rate anddetermine the pattern of breathing.Face Look at the patient’s eyes and face for signs of Horner’s syndrome or lupus pernio. Inspect the conjunctivae for anaemia. Look at the lips and tongue for central cyanosis the patient at 45 degrees and assess JVP. Lie Palpate the cervical, supraclavicular and axillary lymph nodes.Examination of the chestReview of Lung Anatomy:Understanding the pulmonary exam is greatly enhanced by recognizing the relationshipsbetween surface structures, the skeleton, and the main lobes of the lung. Realize that thiscan be difficult as some surface landmarks (eg nipples of the breast) do not always maintaintheir precise relationship to underlying structures. Nevertheless, surface markers will giveyou a rough guide to what lies beneath the skin. The pictures below demonstrate these
  3. 3. 3relationships. The multi-colored areas of the lung model identify precise anatomic segmentsof the various lobes, which cannot be appreciated on examination. Main lobes are outlinedin black. The following abbreviations are used: RUL = Right Upper Lobe; LUL = Left UpperLobe; RML = Right Middle Lobe; RLL = Right Lower Lobe; LLL = Left Lower Lobe.
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  5. 5. 5Inspection
  6. 6. 61.look for chest deformity while you are examining the patient“anteriorly” or spine deformity “posteriorly”.These may arise as a result of chronic lung disease (ex.emphysema), occurcongenitally, or be otherwise acquired. In any case, they can impair a patientsability to breathe normally. a. Barrel chest: chest wall increased anterior-posterior , Associated with emphysema and lung hyperinflation b. Pectus excavatum: sternum sunken into the chest c. Pectus carinatum - sternum protruding from the chest d. Kyphosis: Causes the patient to be bent forward e. Scoliosis: Condition where the spine is curved to either the left or right2.look for skin ,scars , dilated vessels , respiratory distress signs  Skin eruption e.g Herpes zoster  Nodules (inflammatory, metastatic, lipoma, neurofibroma…)  Subcutaneous emphysema
  7. 7. 7  Purpuric spots, Vascular spiders, Bruises  Prominent blood vessels (arterial in coarctation of aorta and venous in SVC obstruction)  Scars (previous operation, trauma, sterneotomy)  Discharging sinuses  Lesions of the breasts and enlargement of axillary LNs .Signs of respiratory distress- . Pursed-lip breathing - COPD (used to increase end expiratory pressure) . Accessory muscle use (scalene muscles) . Diaphragmatic paradox - the diaphragm moves opposite of the normal direction on inspiration . Any degree of asymmetry or asynchrony of chest expansion3. Look for respiratory movement:In female ,it is thoracoabdominal with chest predominant movement.In male , it is abdominothoracic movement4. Use of accessory muscles of breathing:Intercostal indrawing , supraclavicular or intercostal retraction.PALPATION:Place the entire palm of each hand first on the superior portion of bothhemithoraces and then, gently though firmly, move the hand inferiorly to justbelow the twelfth rib. Repeat the process moving laterally and subsequentlyanteriorly; search for rib deformities, nodules, and areas of tenderness. In the faceof a history of chest discomfort, ask the patient to point to the area(s) of greatest
  8. 8. 8discomfort. Palpate the area with increasing firmness in an attempt to elicittenderness and to assess if this maneuver reproduces the patients symptoms. 1. Trachea:The trachea should be checked to see if it is in the normalcentral position. This means the distance between the tracheaand the sternomastoid muscles should be equal on both sides.Slight displacement of the trachea to the right is fairly commonin healthy people. Palpate the trachea by placing a fingereither side of the trachea and judging whether the distancebetween it and the sternomastoid tendons are equal on bothsides. Before doing this warn the patient that this might beslightly uncomfortable.Tracheal deviation is indicative of mediastinal displacement to one side, whichcan be due to:The trachea is pushed away to other side:1. pneumothorax “large volume of air in the pleural space”2. Pleural effusion “Large volumes of fluid in the pleural space”Trachea is pulled by apical collapse , fibrosis or tumour while it is pushed toother side by air or fluid “if large”.Cricosternal distanceMeasuring the cricosternal distance can help determine if the patient ishyperventilating. A distance of less than three of the patient‟s finger-breadthsindicates hyperventilation, usually evident as a visible „descent‟ of the tracheaduring inspiration (tracheal tug) (Ford et al, 2005).2.APEX BEAT:It is the lower most , outer most ,most forceful pulsation.It is important to check the line, space and character.Position of the apex beat can confirm or exclude mediastinal displacement (Ford et al,2005). This is not a reliable sign if there is cardiomegaly (Epstein et al, 2003).3.CHEST EXPANSION:Chest expansion must be assessed to determine the depth and quality of movement on eachside of the chest. Both sides should be assessed for symmetry. The symmetry and degree of
  9. 9. 9chest expansion can be more accurately evaluated by observing chest movement than bypalpating the chest wall (Ford et al, 2005).Palpation of Respiratory Movements 1. Respiratory movements in the infraclavicular regions 2. Respiratory movements at the costal margins 3. Respiratory movements of the lower ribs posteriorlySignifacance of reduced respiratory movements  Unilateral reduction of chest wall movements:  Pleural effusion/empyema  Pneumothorax  Pulmonary collapse  Pleural or parenchymatous pulmonary fibrosis  Bilateral reduction of chest wall movements:  Bronchial asthma  Emphysema  Diffuse pulmonary fibrosis
  10. 10. 10Method:Assess chest expansion by putting the fingers of both your hands as far round the chest aspossible and then bring your thumbs together in the midline . Ask your patient to take a deepbreath and observe whether the distance moved is the same for both thumbs.Your hands should lift symmetrically outward when the patient takes a deep breath .Asymmetric lung expansion, as occur when anything fills the pleural space (e.g. air or fluid),may then be detected as the hand on the affected side will move outward to a lesser degree.thumbs typically separate by approximately 2 to 3 cm.ANT= 2 LEVELS ,POST= 3 LEVELS4.TACTILE VOCAL FREMITUS:.Comparison is mandatory in chest examination..The anatomical land marks to use are:Anteriorly= mid-clavicular lineLaterally= mid-axillary linePosteriorly=above scapula , parascapular “paraspinal”, below scapula
  11. 11. 11Physiological idea:Normal lung transmits a palpable vibratory sensation to the chest wallas it is a good conductive media for sound.How to do? This palpable vibratory sensation is called fremitus. It can be detected by placing theulnar aspects of both hands firmly against either side of the chest while the patient saysthe words "Ninety-Nine” whilst physician sense with ulnar aspect of hand for changes insound conduction. This maneuver is repeated until the entire posterior thorax is covered.The bony aspects of the hands are used as they are particularly sensitive for detectingthese vibrations.Palpate for tactile vocal fremitus by placing the edge or flat of your hand on the chest andasking your patient to say „ninety nine‟ or forty-four.. Increased TVF • Consolidation • Cavitation • Collapse with patent main bronchus .Decreased TVF • Thick chest wall • Pleural effusion • Collapse • Pleural fibrosis
  12. 12. 12 • Pneumothorax 4. Percussion. Press The last 2 phalanges of your left middle finger firmly on the patients back on thearea to be percussed and raise the second and fourth fingers off the chest surface; otherwise,both sound and tactile vibrations will be blunted..Middle finger ”right” strikes the middle phalanx of the other middle finger.. Use a quick,sharp wrist motion, Allow your hand to swing freely at the wrist (like a catcher throwing abaseball to second base) to strike the finger in contact with the chest wall with the tip of thethird finger of the other hand. The best percussion site is between the proximal and distalinterphalangeal joints..When percussing any one spot, 2 or 3 sharp taps should suffice.. After you have percussed the left chest, move your hands across and repeat the sameprocedure on the right side.. Percuss the posterior, lateral, and anterior chest wall in such a manner that the long axisof the percussed finger is roughly parallel to the ribs. Compare one side to the other..In general percussion in 5 or so different locations should cover one hemi-thorax..If you detect any abnormality on one side, its a good idea to slide your hands across to theother for comparison.
  13. 13. 13 Cut your nailsPercussion :Anterior Chest 1. Start percussion by tapping directly in the middle of both clavicles. 2.. Percuss from side to side and top to bottom using the pattern shown in the illustration away from bones and midline. 3. Compare one side to the other looking for asymmetry. 4. Note the location and quality of the percussion sounds you hear. 5. The finger on the chest should always be placed in the intercostal space, and there is noneed to percuss more heavily than is necessary as this can be distressing for the patient. 6. Normal dullness is caused by liver on right midclavicular line”6th” , heart on leftmidclavicular line”4th intercostals space” ,andSpleen on left midaxillary line “9th,10th,11th”.
  14. 14. 14Percussion: Posterior Chest In general, percussion is limited to the posterior lung fields.  Ask the patient to cross their hands in front of their chest, grasping the opposite shoulder with each hand. This will help to pull the scapulae laterally, away from the percussion field.  Avoid bones and midline-Work down the "alley" that exists between the scapula and vertebral column.  Percuss from side to side and top to bottom using this pattern. Omit the areas covered by the scapulae.  Compare one side to the other looking for asymmetry.  Note the location and quality of the percussion sounds you hear.  Find the level of the diaphragmatic dullness on both sides.  you will develop a sense of where the normal lung should end by simply looking at the chest.
  15. 15. 15 A. What is "Speed percussion" ? It help to accentuate the difference between dull and resonant areas. During this technique, the examiner moves their left (i.e. the non-percussing) hand at a
  16. 16. 16 constant rate down the patients back, tapping on it continuously as it progresses towards the bottom of the thorax. This tends to make the point of inflection (i.e. change from resonant to dull) more pronounced. B. What is Diaphragmatic Excursion? 1. Find the level of the diaphragmatic dullness on both sides. 2. Ask the patient to inspire deeply. 3. The level of dullness (diaphragmatic excursion) should go down 3-5cm symmetrically. 4. Decreased or asymmetric diaphragmatic excursion may indicate paralysis or emphysema.C. Tidal percussion: 1. It is used to differentiate supra-diaphragmatic from infra-diaphragmatic dullness. 2. While the patient seated find the upper level of dullness 3. Ask the patient to take deep inspiration and to hold it then percuss again. 4. If the note becomes resonant  infra-diaphragmatic cause. 5. If there is no change of the note  supra-diaphragmatic cause as pleural effusion. THE PURPOSE: The purpose of percussion is to determine if the area under the percussed finger is air filled (sounding resonant like a drum), fluid filled (a dull sound) or solid (a flat sound). If the normal air-filled tissue has been displaced by fluid (e.g. pleural effusion) or infiltrated with white cells and bacteria (e.g. pneumonia), percussion will generate a deadened tone. Alternatively, processes that lead to chronic (e.g. emphysema) or acute (e.g. pneumothorax) air trapping in the lung or pleural space, respectively, will produce hyper-resonant (i.e. more drum-like) notes on percussion. Stony dull------ 1. pleural effusion 2. pleural fibrosis
  17. 17. 17 Dull “impaired percussion note” 1. Consolidation “pneumonia, cancer, embolism” 2. Collapse Auscultation: Keys to performing a sensitive yet thorough exam: o Explain what youre doing (" why) before doing it . o Expose the minimum amount of skin necessary . o Examining lungs of female patients:  Expose the chest only to the extent needed. For lung exam, you can listen to the anterior fields by exposing only the top part of the breasts .`  Enlist patients assistance, asking them to raise their breast to a position that enhances your ability to listen to the heart o Dont rush, act in a callous fashion, or cause pain o PLEASE... dont examine body parts thru gown as:  It reflects Poor technique  Youll miss things  Youll lose points on scored exams .Anatomical areas to remember :.Lower lobes occupy the bottom 3/4 of the posterior fields.Right middle lobe heard in right axilla
  18. 18. 18.Lingula in left axilla. Upper lobes in the anterior chest and at the top 1/4 of the posterior fields.This can be quite helpful in trying to pin down the location of pathologic processes that maybe restricted by anatomic boundaries (e.g. pneumonia).Technique of Auscultation “ The chest is ausculted with the diaphragm” 1. Put on your stethoscope so that the ear pieces are directed away from you. Adjust the head of the scope so that the diaphragm is engaged. If youre not sure, scratch lightly on the diaphragm, which should produce a noise. If not, twist the head and try again. Gently rub the head of the stethoscope on your shirt so that it is not too cold prior to placing it on the patients skin. 2. While the patient relaxed and breathes normally with mouth open, auscultate the lungs, making sure to auscultate the apices and middle and lower lung fields posteriorly, laterally and anteriorly. 3. The upper aspect of the posterior fields are examined first. Listen over one spot and then move the stethoscope to the same position on the opposite side and repeat. This again makes use of one lung as a source of comparison for the other. 4. The entire posterior chest can be covered by listening in roughly 4 places on each side. Of course, if you hear something abnormal, youll need to listen in more places. 5. Alternate and compare both sides at each site.
  19. 19. 19 6. Listen to at least one complete respiratory cycle at each site. 7. First listen with quiet respiration. If breath sounds are inaudible, then have him take deep breaths. 8. The lingula and right middle lobes can be examined while you are still standing behind the patient. 9. Then, move around to the front and listen to the anterior fields in the same fashion IF NOT STARTED BY IT. This is generally done while the patient is still sitting upright. Asking female patients to lie down will allow their breasts to fall away laterally, which may make this part of the examination easier A few additional things worth noting. 1. Ask the patient to take slow, deep breaths through their mouths while you are performing your exam. This forces the patient to move greater volumes of air with each breath, increasing the duration, intensity, and thus detectability of any abnormal breath sounds that might be present. 2. Sometimes its helpful to have the patient cough a few times prior to beginning auscultation. This clears airway secretions and opens small atelectatic (i.e. collapsed) areas at the lung bases. 3. If the patient cannot sit up (e.g. in cases of neurologic disease, post-operative states, etc.), auscultation can be performed while the patient is lying on their side.
  20. 20. 20 What can you expect to hear? • Note the intensity of breath sounds and make a comparison with the opposite side. • Assess length of inspiration and expiration. Listen for a pause between inspiration, expiration and the quality of pitch of the sound • Also compare the intensity of breath sounds between upper and lower chest in upright position. Compare the intensity of breath sounds from dependent to top lung in the decubitus position. .Note the presence or absence of adventitious sounds.IN SUMMARY; 1. EQUALITY OF ENTRY OF BREATHING SOUNDS IN BOTH SIDES 2. TYPE OF BREATHING 3. ADDED SOUNDS “CREPITATION,RHONCHI,PLEURAL RUB”IN NORMAL LUNG  The normal breath sounds heard over the lung are vesicular breathing.  The vesicular breathing is heard over the lungs, lower pitched and softer than bronchial breathing. Expiration is shorter (I > E) and there is no pause between inspiration and expiration.  The breath sounds are symmetrical and louder in intensity in bases compared to apices in erect position and dependent lung areas in decubitus position.  No adventitious sounds are heard.  The breath sounds heard over the tracheobronchial tree are called bronchial breathing.  The only place where tracheobronchial trees are close to chest wall without surrounding lung tissue are trachea, right sternoclavicular joints and posterior right interscapular space. These are the sites where bronchial breathing can be normally heard. In all other places there is lung tissue and vesicular breathing is heard.  The bronchial breath sounds have a higher pitch, louder, inspiration and expiration are equal and there is a pause between inspiration and expiration. A prolonged expiratory phase (E > I) indicates airway narrowing, as in:  Bronchial asthma.  Chronic bronchitis
  21. 21. 21 Bronchial breathing may be heard in pathological conditions as:  Consolidation  Collapse with patent large airways  Compressed lung by a large pl effusion or a tension pneumothorax  Pulmonary fibrosis  CavitationVoice Transmission Tests: are only used in special situations. All these tests becomeabnormal in consolidation to confirm bronchial breathing. They include  Bronchophony  Whispered Pectoriloquy  EgophonyVoice sounds- Bronchophony 1. Ask the patient to say "ninety-nine“ or 44 in arabic several times in a normal voice. 2. Auscultate several symmetrical areas over each lung. 3.The sounds you hear should be muffled and indistinct. Louder, clearer sounds are called bronchophonyWhispered Pectoriloquy 1. Ask the patient to whisper "ninety-nine“ or 44 in arabic several times. 2. Auscultate several symmetrical areas over each lung. 3.You should hear only faint sounds or nothing at all. If you hear the sounds clearly this is referred to as whispered pectoriloquy.Egophony 1. Ask the patient to say "ee" continuously. 2. Auscultate several symmetrical areas over each lung. 3. You should hear a muffled "ee" sound. If you hear an "ay" sound this is referred to as "E -> A" or egophony. 4. Egophony (British: Aegophony) is an increased resonance of voice sounds heard when auscultating the lungs, often caused by lung consolidation and fibrosis. 5. It is due to enhanced transmission of high-frequency noise across fluid, such as in abnormal lung tissue, with lower frequencies filtered out. It results in a high-pitched nasal or bleating quality in the affected persons voice.
  22. 22. 22 Adventitious sounds  Crepitations: types  Rhonchi: sibilant and sonorous  Pleural rub Wheezes are whistling-type noises produced during expiration (and sometimes inspiration) when air is forced through airways narrowed by bronchoconstriction, secretions, and/or associated mucosal edema. As this most commonly occurs in association with diffuse processes that affect all lobes of the lung (e.g. asthma and emphysema) it is frequently audible in all fields. In cases of significant bronchoconstriction, the expiratory phase of respiration (relative to inspiration) becomes noticeably prolonged. The greater the difference, the worse the obstruction. Occasionally, focal wheezing can occur when airway narrowing if restricted to a single anatomic area, as might occur with an obstructing tumor or bronchoconstriction induced by pneumonia. Wheezing heard only on inspiration is referred to as stridor and is associated with mechanical obstruction at the level of the trachea/upper airway. This may be best appreciated by placing your stethescope directly on top of the trachea.Note when the wheezes occur and if there is a change after a deep breath or cough. Alsonote if the wheezes are monophonic (suggesting obstruction of one airway) or polyphonic(suggesting generalized obstruction of airways).Conditions:asthmaCHFchronic bronchitisCOPD
  23. 23. 23pulmonary oedemaRales (a.k.a. crackles) are scratchy sounds that occur inassociation with processes that cause fluid to accumulate withinthe alveolar and interstitial spaces. The sound is similar tothat produced by rubbing strands of hair together close to yourear. Pulmonary edema is probably the most common cause, at leastin the older adult population, and results in symmetricfindings. This tends to occur first in the most dependentportions of the lower lobes and extend from the bases towardsthe apices as disease progresses. Pneumonia, on the other hand,can result in discrete areas of alveolar filling, and thereforeproduce crackles restricted to a specific region of the lung.Very distinct, diffuse, dry-sounding crackles, similar to thenoise produced when separating pieces of velcro, are caused bypulmonary fibrosis, a relatively uncommon condition.Crepitations are present in all sorts of conditions, and reallyare non-specific. Crepitations are usually divided into coarseand fine, and may occur during inspiration or expiration Auscultation over the same region should help to distinguish between these possibilities, asconsolidation generates bronchial breath sounds while an effusion is associated with arelative absence of sound. Similarly, fremitus will be increased over consolidation anddecreased over an effusion. As such, it may be necessary to repeat certain aspects of theexam, using one finding to confirm the significance of another.
  24. 24. 24The mechanical basis of crackles: Small airways open during inspiration and collapseduringexpiration causing the crackling sounds. Another explanation for crackles is that airbubblesthrough secretions or incompletely closed airways during expiration.Conditions:ARDSasthmabronchiectasischronic bronchitisconsolidationearly CHFinterstitial lung diseasepulmonary oedemaPleural RubPleural rubs are creaking or brushing sounds produced when the pleuralsurfaces are inflamed or roughened and rub against each other. They may bediscontinuous or continuous sounds.They can usually be localized a particular place on the chest wall and areheard during both the inspiratory and expiratory phases.Conditions:pleural effusion pneumothorax 3 types of lesions