How to Make Listening for Wheezes a Breeze

September 1, 2002

To detect wheezing during forcedexpiration in patients with dyspnea,asthma, or reactive airway disease,ask the patient to take a big breathand exhale as if he or she were blowingout the candles on a birthdaycake.

To detect wheezing during forcedexpiration in patients with dyspnea,asthma, or reactive airway disease,ask the patient to take a big breathand exhale as if he or she were blowingout the candles on a birthdaycake. Patients know how to do this,and it produces excellent results.
-- Rebecca Smith, MD
    Winston-Salem, NC