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Physical signs: the abdomen

Author(s):

Peter Devitt

Department of Surgery
University of Adelaide

Overview:

Observation, palpation, percussion and auscultation are the basic rules of physical examination and perhaps nowhere are they more important are they that in the examination of the abdomen. Here are some examples of diagnoses that can be made on the basis of observation alone - and sometimes backed up with a little information from the history.


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