Asthma Lung Sounds

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Definition

Breath sounds are the noises produced by the structures of the lungs during breathing.

See also: Wheezing


Alternative Names

Lung sounds; Breathing sounds


Considerations

The lung sounds are best heard with a stethoscope. This is called auscultation.

Normal lung sounds occur in all parts of the chest area, including above the collarbones and at the bottom of the rib cage. Using a stethoscope, the doctor may hear normal breath sounds, decreased or absent breath sounds, and abnormal breath...

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