Rhonchi

Virtual Auscultation

patient torso with stethoscope chestpiece
patient position during auscultation

The patient's position should be seated.

Lesson

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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Authors and Reviewers

Authored by Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD and David Lieberman, Developer, Virtual Cardiac Patient. Medically reviewed by Dr. Barbara Erickson, PhD, RN, CCRN. Last Update: 11/28/2021


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