What are the characteristic physical findings during a mild moderately severe 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 moderately severe episode include the following:

  • Increased respiratory rate

  • Accessory muscles of respiration typically are used

  • Suprasternal retractions are present

  • The heart rate is 100-120 beats per minute

  • Loud expiratory wheezing can be heard

  • Pulsus paradoxus may be present (10-20 mm Hg)

  • Oxyhemoglobin saturation with room air is 91-95%

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