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Succussion Splash

August 18th, 2017


In patients with gastric outlet obstruction, a succussion splash will be heard on percussion of the abdomen due to excessive fluid in the stomach.
  • How to Elicit

  • Auscultate the abdomen while rapidly tapping over the epigastrium, listening for a splashing sound.
  • Causes of Succussion Splash

  • Peptic ulcer
  • Ingestion of caustic chemicals
  • Pancreatitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Gastric polyp
  • Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
  • Bezoar
  • Cancer - gastric, pancreatic, bile duct
  • Hydropneumothorax
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