Which physical findings are characteristic of bacterial tracheitis?

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Sujatha Rajan, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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The following physical findings may be noted:

  • Inspiratory stridor (with or without expiratory stridor)

  • Fever

  • Barklike or brassy cough

  • Hoarseness

  • Worsening or abruptly occurring stridor

  • Varying degrees of respiratory distress

    • Retractions

    • Dyspnea

    • Nasal flaring

    • Cyanosis

  • Sore throat, odynophagia

  • Dysphonia

  • No drooling

  • No specific position of comfort (The patient may lie supine.)

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