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Abdominal Bruits



  • Abdominal bruits are indicative of turbulent blood flow due to arterial endothelial narrowing.
    • How to Elicit

    • Listen over the abdomen for bruits.
    • Listen For

    • Aortic bruits - over upper abdomen in the midline.
    • Renal bruits - over the upper abdomen, approximately 2cm superior and lateral to the umbilicus on either side.
    • Iliac bruits - over the lower abdomen, either side of the midline.
    • Causes of Abdominal Bruits

    • Arterial stenosis
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Arterial occlusion with collateral flow
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