Lung sounds; Breathing sounds
Call your health care provider if
Contact your health care provider if you have wheezing or other abnormal breathing sounds.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your medical history and your breathing.
Questions may include:
- When did the breathing sound start?
- How long did it last?
- How would you describe your breathing?
- What makes it better or worse?
- What other symptoms do you have?
The health care provider usually discovers abnormal breath sounds. You may not even notice them.
The following tests may be done:
- Analysis of a sputum sample (
sputum culture, sputum gram stain)
- Blood tests (including an arterial
blood gas) Chest x-ray
CT scanof the chest Pulmonary function tests
Review Date: 02/23/2010
Reviewed By: A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine (11/2/2009).