Which physical findings are characteristic of atelectasis?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020
  • Author: Tarun Madappa, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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The physical examination findings may demonstrate dullness to percussion over the involved area and diminished or absent breath sounds. Chest excursion of the involved hemithorax may be reduced or absent. The trachea and the heart may be deviated toward the affected side.


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