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Rebound Tenderness

August 18th, 2017


Rebound tenderness, also known as the Blumberg sign, refers to tenderness that is worse on removal of the palpating hand than it is on pressing.
This clinical sign suggests peritonism, or localised inflammation of the peritoneum.
  • How to Elicit

  • Apply pressure to the patient's abdomen over a tender area for 5-10 seconds. Remove the pressure suddenly, and ask the patient if it hurts more when you press or remove your hand.
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