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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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What does it mean if I hear a wheeze sound when I breathe? Is something wrong with my lungs?

What does it mean if I hear a wheeze sound when I breathe? Is something wrong with my lungs?

From airways: Wheezing is usually due to something narrowing the airways, either from congestion, asthma, bronchitis, or a tumor either compressing the airways or else blocking the opening of the airway. ...Read more

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Sorry no mean to disrespect do all drs. When listen to heart and lung sounds, can they tell the differences and the abnormalities and act upon it?

Sorry no mean to disrespect do all drs. When listen to heart and lung sounds, can they tell the differences and the abnormalities and act upon it?

Unanswerable: This question is so very broad that I do not even know how to begin to answer it. Physicians are trained from day one to use their stethoscope to listen to the sounds the body makes. Most of us have years of experience doing so.

Health tap works best if you ask a specific question about yourself. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your chest sounds a little whezy in the morning or when you do exercise?

What does it mean when your chest sounds a little whezy in the morning or when you do exercise?

Wheezing: You may have asthma and it tends to get worse at night and with exercise, see your doctor for some testing and get proper treatment. ...Read more

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What can a crack sound in the chest mean, followed by a throbbing pain into left arm and side for over a week?

What can a crack sound in the chest mean, followed by a throbbing pain into left arm and side for over a week?

? thoracic outlet: A cracking sound in the chest is usually the result of the breastbone/sternum moving against the ribs and clavicle/collar bone. It might be possible that this bone movement resulted in some nerve impingement near the 1st left rib, a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. It is probably made worse by associated swelling. You can observe a few more days, or go in to see your doc now. Good wishes ...Read more

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When I listen to my apical pulse I hear gurgling in my heart. It sounds like mt stomach but its in my chest. What does this mean?

When I listen to my apical pulse I hear gurgling in my heart. It sounds like mt stomach but its in my chest. What does this mean?

Pulsatile tinnitus: Is a rhythmical noise that has the same rate as the heart. This is easily checked by feeling the arm pulse at the same time as listening to the tinnitus. Pulsatile tinnitus is due to a change in blood flow in the vessels near the ear. ...Read more

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Slightly sore throatsome crackle sounds when I breath in at top of chest/bottom of throat. Clean chest xray. Slight headache/vertigo, sob exertion what is?

Slightly sore throatsome crackle sounds when I breath in at top of chest/bottom of throat. Clean chest xray. Slight headache/vertigo, sob exertion what is?

Viral: Looks like viral upper respiratory tract infection or bronchitis. You can use otc cough, cold medicine for 5-7 days or until better. Do salt water gargling 2-3 times a day for relief of sore throat. Push fluids. Call your doctor if no improvement in 48-72 hrs. Good luck! ...Read more

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Crunching sounds lungs?

Crunching sounds lungs?

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. ...Read more

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What sounds like fluid in the lungs?

What sounds like fluid in the lungs?

Crackles: We hear wet crackles when we examine the lungs with a stethoscope. Breath sounds may be diminished f there is fluid around the lungs.
If you are asking about your symptoms, it may feel that you are congested, coughing, or short of breath. Leg swelling often accompanies fluid on the lungs. ...Read more

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I have pain in my upper back that feels like my lungs. Other than that lungs sound fine no coughing clear x-ray. 31 y/o smoked18 yrs quit 3 mos ago.

I have pain in my upper back that feels like my lungs. Other than that lungs sound fine no coughing clear x-ray. 31 y/o smoked18 yrs quit 3 mos ago.

Issues:TooLittleInfo: Given age, despite smoking hx, muscle (chest wall) pain most common. Rest, nsaid, muscle relaxer (works in brain, not muscles) and gentle but very thorough range of motion exercises to help locate most tender motion likely most helpful. Gently work on most sensitive motions. Cxr commonly low value, even with cough, fever & bronchitis congestion, though commonly done. Yes, ca possible; not usual. ...Read more

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I hear a whizzing like sound when breathing while sitting (only sitting) but apparently its not my lungs cause I got it fully checked. What can it be?

I hear a whizzing like sound when breathing while sitting (only sitting) but apparently its not my lungs cause I got it fully checked. What can it be?

Probably fine: It is possible that the whizzing sound is from your nose or throat. If you do not feel short of breath, dizzy, chest pain or have a cough, it might just be that you have nasal congestion or or large tonsils. ...Read more

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Why am I having a crackling sound in lungs when exhaling?

Why am I having a crackling sound in lungs when exhaling?

Bronchitis?: One explanation for crackling and wheezing sounds on exhalation is inflammation / infection of the breathing tubes (bronchi). This is called bronchitis. Pneumonia and partial occlusion of bronchi (by mucus or a foreign body) are other things that can cause expiratory crackling. Some people with 'fluid in the lungs' or pulmonary edema may also have expiratory crackling sounds. ...Read more

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Sounds like there is something in my lungs? What could it be?

Sounds like there is something in my lungs? What could it be?

Hard to tell: Sometimes the owrst of coughs are due to irritation as high up as your throat while pneumonia with fluid and infection deep down in your lungs may just make you feet weak and short of breath. You might want to have a doctor have a listen with a stethescope or get a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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What is this crunchy sound from lungs in time with heartbeat?

What is this crunchy sound from lungs in time with heartbeat?

In time with HB?: You may be describing a pericardial friction rub, which is a "crunchy sound in time with the heart beat" but it arises from the heart, not the lungs. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a rattle sound in my lungs, is it pneumonia?

What to do if I have a rattle sound in my lungs, is it pneumonia?

Secretions: The rattling sound from lungs is generally due to vibrations produced by retained secretions (mucus/phlegm) in the airways (breathing tubes) in your lungs. Mucus buildup can be due to several reasons - infections, ineffective coughing, bronchitis, chronic smoking, exposure to air pollution etc. Have yr doctor examine you to ensure there are no problems with your lungs that need immediate attention. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my lungs sounds weird after going for a run?

Could you tell me why my lungs sounds weird after going for a run?

Asthma?: It's not just kids who get asthma. There is an exertional type with onset in adults. Usually this is easy to treat with an inhailer. Best get checked out to know for sure and to discuss the best approach to a definitive work up and course of remediation. ...Read more

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Front of lungs ok base of back lungs sounds weezy. On levothyroxizne. She's 94?

Front of lungs ok base of back lungs sounds weezy. On levothyroxizne. She's 94?

Heart or lungs: Wheezing in a 94 year old could be of lung or cardiac origin (congestive heart failure). I recommend that a physician examine her as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for this crackling in my lungs from bronchitis to go away. Feeling totally fine except I sound like a cat purring constantly.

How long does it take for this crackling in my lungs from bronchitis to go away. Feeling totally fine except I sound like a cat purring constantly.

Can take weeks: I am sorry to hear about the bronchitis. This excess phlegm is just the after effects of the inflammatory process and can take a couple (sometime 3-4 weeks) weeks to resolve. You could try guaifenesin 300 mg by mouth and you can take this every 4 hours if needed. This will help break up the mucus/phlegm. Just make sure you are not pregnant while taking this. Guaifenesin is also called Mucinex ...Read more

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Gurgling sound on my lower left lung with no pain and constant coughing sensation what could that be?

Gurgling sound on my lower left lung with no pain and constant coughing sensation what could that be?

Gurgling sound: Hello, your symptoms sound like possibly fluid congestion within your lungs or possibly an infection. Regardless, it's a good idea for you to see your family doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Small rattling sound in lungs upon exhaling for 3 days, no other symptoms, coughing doesn't help, 33 yrs old, female, otherwise healthy?

Small rattling sound in lungs upon exhaling for 3 days, no other symptoms, coughing doesn't help, 33 yrs old, female, otherwise healthy?

Auscultation exam: You have to be examined by a "real doctor" who will listen to you, both your history and do a good physical exam listening to your lungs. Then you will procede from there. ...Read more

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7yrs old boy takes deep breaths all the time. Dr says his lungs and heart sound fine. No other symptoms. What else can it be?

7yrs old boy takes deep breaths all the time. Dr says his lungs and heart sound fine. No other symptoms. What else can it be?

Unclear: What is "all the time" in frequency? Some kids just sigh a lot and the breath appears louder. If he seems short of breath, working hard to breath or seems in distress, get him rechecked by another physician. Second opinions are not bad. ...Read more

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Slight whistling at the end of exhalation that is barely audible. Lungs sound clear. Suffer from post nasal drip. Could it be from PND?

Slight whistling at the end of exhalation that is barely audible. Lungs sound clear. Suffer from post nasal drip. Could it be from PND?

One airway: The nose and bronchial tube can be thought of one airway, Nasal congestion with post nasal drip is often associated with bronchial inflammation (possible wheezing) Need to check out upper and lower airway to determine cause,
jeff Lehr md ...Read more

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I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

Hard to tell: The only way to diagnose pneumonia will be with physical exam and sometimes chest X-ray can make the diagnosis more clear. If it is pneumonia you need to be antibiotics. Please consult your physician to be diagnosed appropriately and for treatment. ...Read more

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I just notice than when I twist my body a sound like "wheezing" or "hissing" comes deep from my body, specially with the moth open. I guess is from the lungs. Is that normal??

I just notice than when I twist my body a sound like "wheezing" or "hissing" comes deep from my body, specially with the moth open. I guess is from the lungs. Is that normal??

Exam needed: An examination is needed to determine where the sound is coming from. Sounds come from turbulent movement of fluid or air. Movement of air in the gut or expelling of air trapped in the lungs from asthma or COPD (smoking is the common cause of COPD) can cause all sorts of sounds. Gut noise without pain/symptoms typically is not a sign of problems. Wheezing from lungs is not normal, and needs exam. ...Read more

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I have diminished lung sounds. Should I see doctor?

I have diminished lung sounds. Should I see doctor?

Yes: If you have any symptoms like fatigue, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, by all means get it checked out. The differential diagnosis includes restrictive lung disease, congestive heart failure. Pneumonia and malfunctioning stethescope (if no symptoms and all lung fields are involved). ...Read more

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What does a collapsed lung sound like?

What does a collapsed lung sound like?

Quiet: If the lung collapses, there is a decrease in air flow to the lung, causing a decrease in sounds. ...Read more

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Wheezing or lung sounds with rabies?

Wheezing or lung sounds with rabies?

Be seen: If there is a concern about rabies, then be seen.....Now. ...Read more

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When I breathe, my lungs make a wheezing sound?

Have it checked out: You need a bit of a tune up. Don't put it off. You'll be glad you got this taken care of right away. If your short of breath too why not have it looked at tonight. ...Read more

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I can hear cracking sound when I breathe. Could this be due to my poor lung health?

I can hear cracking sound when I breathe. Could this be due to my poor lung health?

Fluid in lungs: This cracking (crackling?) sound may mean fluid in your lungs, which would be a sign of poor lung (or heart) health. ...Read more

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When infected with streptococcus pyogenes bacterium, how come lungs sound wet on ausculation?

When infected with streptococcus pyogenes bacterium, how come lungs sound wet on ausculation?

Inflammation: In many pneumonias inflammation causes fluid to exude into the alveoli and bronchioles causing wet rales and rhonchi. ...Read more

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Where & what lung sounds are most lassociated with developing aspiration pneumonia in kid with trach?

Where & what lung sounds are most lassociated with developing aspiration pneumonia in kid with trach?

Crackles: Aspiration pneumonia is most commonly characterized by the sound of 'crackles' in the lung bases. This crackling sound is more commonly heard in the right lung as the the trachea bifurcates at a sharper downward angle toward the right lung in comparison to the left, and is more susceptible to collecting contents of aspiration. ...Read more

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Why would my right side of lung upon auscultation sound diminished. My dr. Said I have asthma. Could this be?

Yes...: There are a variety of diagnoses that cause diminished breath sounds on exam, which signify poor air movement in the airways. This can occur with asthma or COPD (where bronchospasm or other mechanisms limit airflow), pleural effusion, pneumothorax, or pneumonia (among others). In any of these cases, it is important to follow up with your doctor to be sure you are treated appropriately. ...Read more