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Breath Sounds

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Ralescrackles; discontinuous sounds heard primarily during inspiration, could be the result of air bubbles in secretions, or movement of fibrotic tissue during breathing; basilar rales = left ventricular failure
Rhonchicontinuous low-pitched sonorous breath sounds most prominent during expiration; air passing through airways narrowed by inflammation, bronchospasm, or secretions; asthma, chronic bronchitis
Stridorcontinuous adventitious sound of inspiration associated with upper airway obstruction
Wheezescontinuous breath sounds that are high-pitched, sibilant, and musical; asthma
Friction fubcaused by the rubbing of pleural surfaces against one another, usually as a result of inflammation or neoplastic process; pain during inspiration
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