adventitious lung sounds


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ad·ven·ti·tious lung sounds

(ad'vĕn-tish'ŭs lŭng sowndz)
Breath sounds that are not normally heard or are heard in an inappropriate place that fall into one of two categories: (1) continuous: musical sounds with a persistent pitch (e.g., wheezes, rhonchi); (2) discontinuous: nonmusical, intermittent, crackling, or bubbling sounds (rales).

adventitious lung sounds

Crackles and wheezes superimposed on the normal breath sounds; indicative of respiratory disease. Most adventitious lung sounds can be divided into continuous (wheezing) and discontinuous (crackles) according to acoustical characteristics.
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The proportion of patients with audible adventitious lung sounds was significantly higher among those hospitalized for [greater than or equal to] 21 days and among those who did not survive (Table 1).
Of specific interest to respiratory therapists will be the text and CD sounds pertaining to the terminology for adventitious lung sounds.