Terminal breathing. A death rattle, known clinically as terminal respiratory secretions or simply terminal secretions, is a sound often produced by someone who is near death when fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulate in the throat and upper chest. Those who are dying may lose their ability to swallow and may have increased production of bronchial secretions, resulting in such an accumulatiol.
Death rattle. Is noisy breathing due to secretions in the throat. It is commonly seen in terminally ill people who cannot cough to clear their secretions. It can occur in anyone however who has pooled secretions in their throat and can't cough or has obstructed breathing. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!