Virtual Auscultation

patient torso with stethoscope chestpiece
patient position during auscultation

The patient's position should be sitting.


Stridor is generated by air flowing through an upper airway that is narrowed or obstructed. It occurs in 10-20% of extubated patients. Stridor is a loud, high-pitched crowing breath sound heard during inspiration. Stridor may also occur throughout the respiratory cycle, particularly if the condition worsens. Often it can be heard without a stethoscope. Causes of stridor are obstructions, pertussis, croup, epiglottis, aspirations.


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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