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Shifting Dullness

Overview

    • How to Elicit

    • Percuss the patient's abdomen from the umbilicus to the left flank, noting where the percussion note changes from resonant to dull. Ask the patient to roll over to their left side and repeat percussion. 
    • Interpretation

    • If ascites is present the area of resonance will move at least 3cm medially.
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Associated Diseases
BETA

Cardiovascular
Gastrointestinal
Gut
Hepatobiliary
Pancreatic
Other
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