Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Thorax: auscultation

Contributor(s): Christopher Brown, Timothy Mair, Lesley Young

Introduction

  • Examination of the lower respiratory tract using a stethoscope.

Uses

  • Indicates the nature of the flow of air through the airways.

Advantages

  • Simple technique, easily employed in field conditions.
  • Provides, along with a full clinical examination   Heart: examination - overview  , an initial indication of the nature and extent of pulmonary disease.

Disadvantages

  • Conduction of sound may be reduced in fat horses, ie difficult to hear lung sounds.
  • External noise often interferes with auscultation.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Savage C J (1997) Evaluation of the equine respiratory system using physical examination and endoscopy. Vet Clin N A Equine Pract 13 (3), 443-462 PubMed.
  • Gerring E L (1985) Differential diagnosis of equine respiratory noises. In Pract (4), 109-117 PubMed.


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