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A 49-year-old female asked:

crunching sounds lungs?

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Dr. Hiram Rodriguez
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Lung sounds: Hello. These can be many things depending on what's going on with the person. Assuming you are hearing them w/o a stethoscope, then they are likely upper airway secretions/mucous seen with a cold or infection. If localized to one area of the lung could be a sign of pneumonia. If these sounds ate chronic and the person is not acutely ill, could be from chronic obstructive lung disease or fibrosis.

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