Rhonchi are rattling, continuous and low-pitched breath sounds that are often hear to be like snoring. Rhonchi are also called low-pitched wheezes. They are often caused by secretions in larger airways or obstructions. Rhonchi can be heard in patients with pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Coughing will often clear rhonchi.
Our auscultation guide pages provide real patient recordings of rhonchi lung sounds. The rhonchi guide page provides listening advice and a dynamic waveform of each audio recording of a patient.
Our basic and intermediate lung sounds courses provide lessons on rhonchi. As a starting point, use the basics course. The intermediate course provides additional information regarding early and late inspiratory rales (crackles).
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