Examination of the Abdominal Region

Examination of the Abdominal Region

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

The physical examination of the abdomen is a fundamental part of the standard physical exam. It understandably relies on the previous comprehension of the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal, reproductive, and endocrine systems. Mainly, this exam consists of the assessment of the abdominal viscera through inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion.

The assessment focuses on the integrity and proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, hepatobiliary system, abdominal wall, and reproductive tract. The key is to identify and distinguish normal functioning from abnormal conditions, including cirrhosis, cholelithiasis, inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcers, ovarian torsion, pancreatitis, among many others.

Course Details

  • Videos 6
  • Duration 0:40 h
  • Quiz questions 19
  • Concept Pages 3


Your Educators of course Examination of the Abdominal Region

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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By Ritwik K. on 21. May 2022 for Examination of the Abdominal Region

At least try to follow Huctinson or Macloed many aspects are not covered.

I love this course
By Quang Linh V. on 25. March 2022 for Examination of the Abdominal Region

It’s a fundamental skills for abdominal examination. I would like to recommend this course to medical, nursing student

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By Samuel J. on 10. December 2021 for Examination of the Abdominal Region

i like it very much. It was of great help, and it has good explanation of the different clinical signs of the most common syndromes

Abdominal examination
By Raza khan A. on 24. November 2021 for Examination of the Abdominal Region

Because, the doctor has explained by very easy method and it is very useful in our rutin life. I like the way of abdominal examination which has been performing and method like Ascultation, Palpation specially lever and spleen palpation. Sure I will recommend your side for medical students and GP as Well as. Good luck and more success in the future.