Rapid shallow breathing

Alternative Names

Tachypnea; Breathing – rapid and shallow; Fast shallow breathing; Respiratory rate – rapid and shallow

Definition of Rapid shallow breathing

A normal breathing rate for an adult at rest is 8 to 16 breaths per minute. For an infant, a normal rate is up to 44 breaths per minute. Tachypnea is the medical term that your doctor uses to describe your breathing if it is too fast, particularly if you have rapid, shallow breathing due to an associated lung disease or other medical cause.

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/21/2009

Diaphragm
Diaphragm and lungs
Respiratory system

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