Introduction to Lung Sounds
Wheeze - Expiratory

Wheezes are adventitious lung sounds that are continuous with a musical quality. Wheezes can be high or low pitched. High pitched wheezes may have an auscultation sound similar to squeaking. Lower pitched wheezes have a snoring or moaning quality.

The proportion of the respiratory cycle occupied by the wheeze roughly corresponds to the degree of airway obstruction.

Wheezes are caused by narrowing of the airways.

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Maneuver:Sitting
Chestpiece Position:Chest wall
Chestpiece:Diaphragm

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