If a mass is palpable describe its location, size, shape, consistency, tenderness, pulsation and mobility.
- Abdominal mass (Pseudocyst pancreas, Appendicitis, Diverticulitis, etc.)
- Retroperitoneal mass (Cancer Kidney)
- Aortic aneurysm
- If pulsation is noted determine whether it is transmitted or non-transmitted by examining the mass in knee chest position.
- If there is tenderness evaluate for peritoneal irritation by eliciting rebound tenderness. Press your fingers gently and slowly and quickly withdraw. If there is peritoneal inflammation withdrawal of pressure causes pain.
- Organomegaly (Liver, Spleen, Uterus)