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Monday, September 07, 2009 Concerned, Community Member, asks

Q: makes noise in throat (like grunting) when exhaling while doing tasks, concentrating, etc.

When my friend is doing anything besides sleeping, reading a book or watching T.V. he inhales through his nose and exhales through the mouth making a sound in the back of his throat-like grunting or groaning.  It is pronounced if he is doing a task, playing a hand of bridge or anything that takes some concentration or effort.  He is on medication for bi-polar and anxiety/up-tighness.  He is not aware of making this noise.  He has been checked thoroughly for physical conditions that might be a cause for this noise and there is nothing physically wrong with him.  He us 80 years old.

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
9/ 7/09 1:07pm

Thank you for your question and welcome to


It sounds as if your friend has taken the necesary steps to be sure this is not causing any harm or is not a signalof something more dangerous. It is possible this is a coping mechanism that your friend is not even aware of.



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By Concerned, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/14/12, First Published: 09/07/09