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Physical Exam

Key information

Palpation of abdomen for masses; palpable liver nodules; palpable pancreatic mass(es); abdominal distention or fullness; painful areas, palpable lymph nodes; organomegaly (hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, hepatosplenomegaly); jaundice; ascites

Key words

Rebound tenderness (sensation of pain felt when pressure is released) guarding tensing of abdomen in anticipation of pain from movement or palpation.

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