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Lung Sounds - Wheezes

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Wheezes are abnormal pulmonary sounds which are often heard throughout the lungs. They are high-pitched sounds that may have a musical quality. They result from air moving through narrowed airways, which can be seen for example in asthma or chronic bronchitis.
4 KEY FACTS
LOCATION
Throughout Lung
Throughout the entire Lung

This lung sound can be heard at the end of inspiration or early expiration and is present throughout the lung, typically, upon auscultation.

DESCRIPTION
High Pitched
High Pitched Whistle

Wheezes are described as high-pitched sounds. It is often inferred that high pitched wheezes are associated with disease of the small airways and low pitch wheezes are associated with disease of larger airways.

SOUNDS LIKE
Musical
Music

As the airway lumen becomes smaller, the air flow velocity increases resulting in harmonic vibration of the airway wall and thus the musical tonal quality.

CAUSE
Air Moving through Narrowed Airways
Air through Narrowed Airway

Wheezes are significant as they imply decreased airway lumen diameter, leading to air moving through narrowed airways. This can occur, for example, due to thickening of reactive airway walls in asthma, or collapse of airways due to pressure from surrounding pulmonary disease.

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