Rhonchi Lesson | Lesson

Virtual Auscultation

patient torso with stethoscope chestpiece
patient position during auscultation
The patient's position should be seated.


Rhonchi are continuous and low-pitched adventitious lung sounds caused by fluids or secretions in the large airways. They often have a snoring, gurgling, or rattle-like quality. They are heard primarily during expiration, but in some patients, rhonchi will also appear during inspiration. Rhonchi will usually clear or alter in sound after coughing.


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