Mucous Plug

Risk Factors

  • Other
  • Excess mucous production from chronic bronchitis, asthma, other
  • Impaired ability to clear secretions from COPD
  • Generalized weakness
  • Altered mental status

Symptoms

  • Acute sob, doe
  • Colored sputum if infected

Physical Exam Findings

  • Sob
  • Sometimes wheezing if concomitant reactive airways dz
  • Decreased breath sound