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Module I Vocab

Health Assessment Module I Vocabulary

abdominal regions epigastric, umbilical, suprapubic, quadrants
epigastric area between the costal margins
umbilical area around the umbilicus
suprapubic pelvic; area above the pubic bone
quadrants right lower, right upper, left upper, left lower
bowel sounds audible passage of air and fluid that normal intestinal contractions (peristalsis) creates
ascites an abnormal accumulation of fluid within the abdomen
hernias protrusion of the bdominal viscera through abnormal opening in the muscle wall
distention the state of being distended, enlarged, swollen from internal pressure
concave sunken in
peristalsis successive waves of involuntary contraction passing along the walls of a hollow muscular structure and forcing the contents onward
flatus marked by or affected with gases generated in the intestine or stomach
costovertebral angle tenderness (CVA) percussion of the area of the back overlying the kidney producing pain in people with an infection
guarding tensing of the abdominal wall muscles to guard inflamed organs within the abdomen from the pain of pressure upon them
rigidity state of stiffness of your stomach muscles that worsens when you touch your abdomen
tympany a hollow drum-like sound that is produced when a gas-containing cavity is tapped sharply
ileus listening to the abdomen with a stethoscope, few or no bowel sounds are heard
convex rounded
abdominal girth the measurement of the distance around the abdomen at a specific point
rebound tenderness clinical sign that is elicited during physical examination of a patient's abdomen by a doctor or other health care provider
borborygmi rumbling sounds caused by gas moving through the intestines, commonly referred to as stomach "growling").
Created by: kaela04