What are the contraindications for abdominal exam?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Simon S Rabinowitz, MD, PhD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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No contraindications exist to performing an abdominal examination. When significant pain exists, such as in the patient who is experiencing peritoneal irritation, ischemia of either the intestine or an abdominal organ (testes, ovary, spleen), or stretching of the capsule of the liver or kidney, the examiner should use a markedly gentler approach, which will be sufficient to elucidate the pathology. When splenomegaly exists, the examiner must exercise caution to avoid iatrogenic splenic injury.

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