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Wheezes are a continuous breath sound with a musical tone. They may be either low or high pitched. Low pitched wheezes have a moaning or snoring sound. High pitched wheezes can be compared to a squeaking sound. Wheezes may be auscultated over anterior, posterior pr lateral chest walls. Wheezes are more intense over lung areas affected by partial obstructions.


patient torso with stethoscope chestpiece
patient position during auscultation
The patient's position should be seated.


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