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doctor heard a clicking sound when i breath, what does that mean?

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  • Dr. Chris February 6, 2011

    Ideally you should have asked your doctor about this. He/she is aware of your medical history and other findings during the physical examination and would be able to give you a more appropriate advice. It could be related to the heart, airways and lungs or chest wall.

    ‘Clicks’ upon auscultation (listening with a stethoscope) may be a sign of heart valve abnormalities. You can read more in this article – http://www.healthhype.com/what-is-heart-valve-disease-types-of-valvular-heart-diseases.html. Disturbances with the flow of blood as is seen in an aneurysm or hardening of the aorta may also be responsible.

    Your doctor may have just been describing what he heard in the simplest way he knew how in order for you to understand what he was hearing. This could be related to other abnormal breathing sounds like crackles, romchi, wheezing, stridor and so on. You can find more details in this article on abnormal breathing sounds – http://www.healthhype.com/abnormal-breathing-sounds-types-and-causes.html. In these cases it would be more pronounced with breathing.

    Lastly, there is a possibility that your doctor was referring to an audible clicking sound related to the chest wall, like a popping or clicking of the breast bone. This could be due to conditions like costochondritis.

    As you can see, there are various possibilities – the sound may be emanating from the heart, airways or chest wall. You should speak to your doctor about what he/she suspects could be the cause of this “clicking” sound. Only your doctor will be able to tell you with any degree of certainty what the relevance of this sound is in the context of your case.


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