Rhonchi - Low Pitched Wheezes

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Low pitched wheezes (rhonchi) are continuous, both inspiratory and expiratory, low pitched adventitious lung sounds that are similar to wheezes. They often have a snoring, gurgling or rattle-like quality.

Rhonchi occur in the bronchi. Sounds defined as rhonchi are heard in the chest wall where bronchi occur, not over any alveoli. Rhonchi usually clear after coughing.

Rhonchi - Low Pitched Wheezes
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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A synopsis of important sound features and timing for this abnormality.
Rhonchi are continuous, low pitched sounds with a gurgling, snoring or rattle-like quality. More common during expiration.
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