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Abnormal findings of the abdomen and pelvis are not uncommon. However, it is important to know what these abnormal findings might be so that we can make a diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment.

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There needs to be adequate space between organs without any masses or fluid accumulations found during palpation (or pressing).

If you feel anything unusual on your first examination before palpating the abdominal area.  When examining someone’s stomach area, look for evidence of bloating from air or gas accumulation inside the abdomen and anything that may be abnormal or unclear. It is important to note whether a patient has pain in their left upper quadrant region. When assessing the lower back of a person undergoing a general physical exam as this could indicate an underlying problem such as gallstones.


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