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Symptoms of Shallow Breathing

Symptoms of Shallow Breathing: Introduction

Shallow breathing can occur along with a decreased number of breathes, below about eight breathes per minute for an adult. This is called hypopnea and can be a symptom of a very serious condition, including impending respiratory arrest.

Shallow breathing combined with rapid breathing, more that about 16 breaths per minute for an adult, is called tachypnea. Tachypnea can also be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening respiratory condition. These include pneumonia acute bronchitis, bronchiolitis, asthma, COPD, pulmonary embolism and pulmonary edema.

Symptoms that accompany shallow breathing vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include pain, anxiety, fever, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, snoring and chest pain. Other coexisting symptoms may include very low blood pressure or hypotension, fatigue, weakness, strider, wheezing, paleness, blueness of the skin (cyanosis). Shallow breathing may also occur without other symptoms.

Complications of shallow breathing include low oxygen levels (hypoxia), high carbon dioxide levels (hypercapnia), respiratory acidosis and death.

Complications of underlying causes of shallow breathing vary widely depending on the specific disease, disorder, or condition, and can be serious and life threatening. For example, shallow breathing can be due to pulmonary embolism or pulmonary edema. Shallow breathing can also be due to an airway obstruction.

Because shallow breathing can be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening disease, condition or disorder, it should be reported to a physician or other licensed health care provider....more about Shallow Breathing »

Symptoms of Shallow Breathing

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Shallow Breathing. This signs and symptoms information for Shallow Breathing has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Shallow Breathing signs or Shallow Breathing symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Shallow Breathing may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Shallow Breathing symptoms.


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