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Chest Retractions


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Chest Retractions

Chest retractions are a sucking in of the skin in between or around the bones of the chest when inhaling. Retractions may occur in several areas of the chest and are a sign of increased use of the chest muscles for breathing. This usually is a sign of difficulty breathing.

As breathing becomes more difficult, areas of the chest where retractions can be seen increase.


Credits for Chest Retractions

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised January 10, 2012

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