Clinical assessment of the respiratory system is essential for accurate diagnosis, particularly in the context of acute respiratory disease where speedy clinical decision-making is of the essence.
Whilst simple radiography, measurement of oxygen saturation and blood gas analysis are available in the majority of emergency clinical settings, the mainstay of diagnosis remains the clinical assessment.
In chronic lung disease, the availability of sophisticated radiology and respiratory physiology can be used to confirm the diagnosis and monitor disease progress.
We bring to you an interesting inforgraphic that compares the physical findings in the most commonly encountered chest infections.
Source: CLINICAL MEDICINE, 7th Edition