Method Of Exam
Author: A. Chandrasekhar, MD
Consultant: J. Pickleman, MD and M. Klamut, MD
The two handed method may be used. Begin at the right lower quadrant and examine the entire abdomen gently by deep palpation.
Lay one hand over the abdomen and push with the second concentrating on the feel of the bottom hand. Once again, known tender areas should be palpated last.
Normal pulsations of the aorta are recognizable in patients with a thin abdomen.
Note that if the colon is filled with feces, you can leave an indentation by gentle pressure.