Which physical findings are characteristic of restrictive lung disease due to extrinsic disorders?

Updated: Sep 16, 2020
  • Author: Jonathan Robert Caronia, DO; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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By their very nature, severe kyphoscoliosis and massive obesity are easily recognizable. The pleural disorders are associated with decreased tactile fremitus, dullness upon percussion, and decreased intensity of breath sounds.

In cases of neuromuscular diseases, the physical examination findings may indicate accessory muscles usage, rapid shallow breathing, paradoxical breathing, and other features of systemic involvement.


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