What is the role of auscultation in the physical exam in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Auscultate the heart to search for signs of congestive heart failure. Auscultate the lungs for signs of pneumonia, heart failure, or acute chest syndrome (similar to pulmonary embolism). Palpate for tenderness (abdomen, extremities, back, chest, femoral head) and hepatosplenomegaly.

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