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Abdominal assessment 

Abdominal assessment
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Abdominal assessment
Author(s):

Justin Kirk-Bayley

, and James Doyle

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198749080.003.0019
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date: 26 October 2021

The role of focused abdominal scanning includes its use during the initial assessment of severe trauma and to guide safe drainage of ascites. Knowledge of the normal abdominal appearance is essential for the safe interpretation of focused abdominal scanning. Assessment of the sub-diaphragmatic structures is also integral to undertaking lung ultrasound. This chapter describes the technique of abdominal scanning, the ultrasonographic features of the major intra-abdominal organs, and the appearances of some common pathology.

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