Research-based nomenclature for lung sounds is available, but it has only to limited extent been implemented internationally. Its use is hampered by poor interobserver agreement, at least when it comes to detailed descriptions of the sounds. In today’s clinical medicine, it will often be preferable to describe lung sounds in broad terms, such as crackles and wheezes. In the future, when computerized analyses of the lungs sounds will be available bedside, more detailed descriptions may add to the diagnostic work-up.
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