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What do you need to know about chest retractions?

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When you have trouble breathing, also called respiratory distress, your muscles can't do their job. They're still trying to get air into your lungs, but the lack of air pressure causes the skin and soft tissue in your chest wall to sink in. This is called a chest retraction.

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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