Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)
Physical examination will include a careful examination of the patient's abdomen, heart, and lungs in order to pinpoint the source of the pain.
- The examiner will touch different parts of the abdomen to check for tenderness or other signs that indicate the source of the pain.
- The examiner may do a rectal exam to check for small amounts of blood in the stool or other problems such as a mass or internal hemorrhoids.
- If the patient is a man, the doctor may check the penis and testicles.
- If the patient is a woman, the doctor may do a pelvic exam to check for problems in the uterus, Fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
- The doctor also may look at the patient's eyes for yellow discoloration (jaundice) and in the mouth to be sure the patient is not dehydrated.
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