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Wheeze

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Overview

  • Wheeze is the presence of high-pitched musical sounds on auscultation of the chest, which may be heard on inspiration or expiration.
    • Significance

    • A sign of airway narrowing.
    • Causes of Wheeze

    • Asthma
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Viral bronchospasm
    • Bronchiectasis
    • Pulmonary oedema
    • Aspiration
    • Bronchial / tracheal obstruction - foreign body, tumour, stenosis
    • Churg-Strauss syndrome
    • Carcinoid syndrome
    • Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA)
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