Percussion of chest
Regions of the body
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demonstrate areas to be percussed, including the
Percussion is like beating a drum .If the
drum is empty the sound will be different from if it is filled.
Percussion of the
chest is always
because of air within the
lungs except in areas which contain the
liver (hepatic dullness) and the
heart (cardiac dullness). Percussion of
abdomen is always
tympanitic. Other areas of the body are
is present in the
chest in consolidation of
lungs, but hyerresonant in pneumothorax.
abdomen it is
ascites, but highly
tympanitic in gaseous distension.
|Note: Position adopted
during clinical examination is by the right hand side of the patient.
This picture is only for illustration.
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Creator: Oluwole Ogunranti