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What are the kinds of chest retractions?

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The kind of chest retractions you have depends on their location.

Subcostal retractions: When your belly pulls in beneath your rib cage

Substernal retractions: If your belly pulls beneath your breastbone

Suprasternal retractions: When the skin in the middle of your neck sucks in. It’s also called a tracheal tug.

Superclavical retractions: Happen on the part of your neck above your collarbone

Intercostal retractions: Happen between each rib

Wherever they're happening, get help fast.

From: What Are Chest Retractions? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Happens When You Breathe?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

AARP: "Intercostal Retractions."

Nicklaus Children's Hospital: "Bronchiolitis," "Epiglottitis," "Intercostal retractions."

Mayo Clinic: "Anaphylaxis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 06, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Happens When You Breathe?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

AARP: "Intercostal Retractions."

Nicklaus Children's Hospital: "Bronchiolitis," "Epiglottitis," "Intercostal retractions."

Mayo Clinic: "Anaphylaxis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 06, 2018

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