- Formulating a clinical impression from physical assessment of the lungs and thorax is a complex task. It does not lend itself to “simplification”.
- This chart is not intended to be a comprehensive table of pathophysiology of the lungs and thorax but as a tool to illustrate patterns of pulmonary abnormalities.
- You may use the nonsense word/acronym I.P.A.P.i.c. to recall the categories of assessment.
- Pulmonary abnormalities are often considered:
Obstructive, Restrictive or Mixed Obstructive & Restrictive
They can also be considered:
Parenchymal, Extraparenchymal or Mixed