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An abnormal sounds produced in the lungs as air moves through fluids of the bronchiole tree?


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February 26, 2012 5:31PM

Air is normally able to pass through the bronchial tree normally is the bronchial tree is open via laminar flow. Breath sounds are heard during auscultation of the chest, using a stethoscope. Normal breath sounds are termed as vesicular breath sounds. However, in conditions such as a pleural effusion where there is air within the pleural cavity, the flow of air becomes disturbed. Therefore, there will be absent breath sounds and if the effusion is large, bronchial breath sounds will be heard which are both abnormal.