Auscultation of the anterior chest is performed in the supraclavicular fossae, the axillae, and the anterior chest interspaces, as illustrated in Figure 13-22. The techniques of auscultation have already been discussed. The breath sounds of one side are compared with the breath sounds heard in the corresponding position on the other side.
Table 13-6 Timing of Common Inspiratory Crackles
Very common Present
Congestive heart failure Obstructive lung disease Interstitial fibrosis
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