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Wheeze - Expiratory Reference Guide

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.

Patient Recording

patient heart or lung sound
Wheeze - Expiratory

Patient Recording - Half Speed Playback

patient heart or lung sound
Wheeze - Expiratory


Patient position
The patient's position should be sitting.

Listening Tips

Features:Loud, musical and continuous sounds occurring in expiration. Heard over anterior, posterior and lateral chest walls

Waveform (Phonocardiogram)

Wheeze - Expiratory | Description, Audio and Animations | #143

Authors and Reviewers

Authored by Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD and Diane Wrigley, PA.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Barbara Erickson, PhD, RN, CCRN.
Last Update: 12/06/2021



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