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What causes chest retractions in adults?

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Chest retractions can happen at any age if something's blocking your windpipe. In adults, they're also caused by:

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • A bad allergic reaction
  • Epiglottitis, when the tissue that covers your windpipe swells up

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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