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Wheeze - Polyphonic Reference Guide

Wheeze - Polyphonic

Polyphonic wheezes are loud, musical and continuous. These breath sounds occur in expiration and inspiration and are heard over anterior, posterior and lateral chest walls. These sounds are associated with COPD and more severe asthma.

Patient Recording

patient heart or lung sound
Wheeze - Polyphonic

Patient Recording - Half Speed Playback

patient heart or lung sound
Wheeze - Polyphonic


Patient position
The patient's position should be sitting.

Listening Tips

Features:These are continuous, loud, multi-pitched sounds

Waveform (Phonocardiogram)

Wheeze - Polyphonic | Description, Audio and Animations | #144

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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