Secretary: Suzanne Harvey
Royal Brompton Hospital,
77 Wimpole Street,
London, W1G 9RU

Respiratory Conditions

Noisy Breathing


A sort of gargling/purring sound which continues throughout the breathing cycle and is very often confused with wheezing. It is very common in children between the ages of 6 months and two years. Comes from above the voice box as if the child is blowing bubbles through milk with a straw but often felt as crackles with the hand on the rib cage even though it is NOT coming from the lung. It is very rare to be able to feel true lung crackles. It is worse with colds but in almost all cases should be regarded as a variation of normal.

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