What are the characteristic physical findings during a mild episode of pediatric asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Findings during a mild episode include the following:

  • Increased respiratory rate

  • Accessory muscles of respiration are not used

  • The heart rate is less than 100 beats per minute

  • Pulsus paradoxus is not present

  • Auscultation of chest reveals moderate wheezing, which is often end expiratory

  • Oxyhemoglobin saturation with room air is greater than 95%


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