Crackles - Late Inspiratory (Rales)
Crackles - Late Inspiratory (Rales)Late inspiratory crackles (rales) begin in late inspiration and increase in intensity. They are normally higher-pitched and can vary in loudness. These adventitious breath sounds resemble the noise made when hook and loop fasteners are being separated. These sounds are heard over posterior bases of the lungs. They may clear with changes in posture or several deep breaths. They do not clear with coughing.
Patient Recording - Half Speed Playback
The patient's position should be sitting.
Listening TipsFeatures:Crackles begin in late inspiration and increase. High-pitched, variable loudness. Best heard over posterior bases of the lungs. Do not usually clear with coughing
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