Crackles - Coarse (Rales)

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Coarse crackles are discontinuous, brief, popping lung sounds. Compared to fine crackles they are louder, lower in pitch and last longer. They have also been described as a bubbling sound. You can simulate this sound by rolling strands of hair between your fingers near your ear.
Crackles - Coarse (Rales)
The recommended auscultation position for the stethoscope is the Chest wall position. For this sound, use stethoscope's Diaphragm.


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The recommended patient position is Seated

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This waveform plots sound amplitude on the vertical axis against time on the horizontal axis.
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A synopsis of important sound features and timing for this abnormality.
Course crackles are discontinuous, brief, popping sounds. Similar to the sound of a hook and loop fastener being pulled apart. They have also been described as a bubbling sound. More common during inspiration.
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