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Description:This image depicts a male clinician using a stethoscope he’d placed upon a young girl’s back, in order to perform a thoracic auscultation.
The stethoscope enables the physician to hear sounds within a patient’s body, in this case, her chest including breath sounds produced as air enters and exits the lungs, and heart, or cardiac sounds produced as the heart beats, forcing blood through the heart and blood vessels. The trained ear of the healthcare professional enables him to distinguish between what one would hear under normal circumstances, and what might be heard under abnormal circumstances, possibly involving pathologic processes including heart valve abnormalities, abnormal heart rhythms, i.e., arrhythmias, and excessive fluid within the lungs, as might be found in the case of pneumonia, or bronchitis.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work; Cough Illness/Bronchitis: Physician Information Sheet (Pediatrics)
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