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Palpation

Palpation is a method of feeling with the fingers or hands during a physical examination. The health care provider touches and feels your body to examine the size, consistency, texture, location, and tenderness of an organ or body part.

References

Swartz MH. The physical examination. In: Swartz MH, ed. Textbook of Physical Diagnosis. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 4.

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    Palpation is the method of "feeling" with the hands during a physical examination.

    Palpation

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  • Palpation - illustration

    Palpation is the method of "feeling" with the hands during a physical examination.

    Palpation

    illustration

 

Review Date: 1/26/2017

Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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