Method Of Exam
Author: A. Chandrasekhar, MD
Consultant: M. Klamut, MD and J. Pickleman, MD
The patient should be lying flat with arms at his side and relaxed. Observe for:
Contour of the abdomen
Skin and subcutaneous tissue
Peristalsis and pulsations
Stand on right side and view the abdomen tangentially to visualize peristalsis.
The contour of the abdomen can vary.
The umbilicus is in mid-line.
In thin individuals, the epigastric pulsation and occasional gentle peristalsis may be visible.