Signs
 

Succussion Splash

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Overview

  • 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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