Chapter 5. Examination of the Abdomen

  1. Carol Lynn Cox PhD, MSc, MA Ed, PG Dip Ed, BSc (Hons), RN, ENB1,
  2. Robert Turner MD, FRCP2 and
  3. Roger Blackwood MA, FRCP3

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774687.ch5

Physical Assessment for Nurses

Physical Assessment for Nurses

How to Cite

Cox, C. L., Turner, R. and Blackwood, R. (eds) (2004) Examination of the Abdomen, in Physical Assessment for Nurses, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774687.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Nursing, Advanced Clinical Practice, City University - St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, London

  2. 2

    Professor of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford

  3. 3

    Consultant Physician, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, and Honorary Consultant Physician at Hammersmith Hospital, London

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 19 JUL 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405105903

Online ISBN: 9780470774687



  • examination of abdomen;
  • surgical scars;
  • body hair;
  • dilated veins;
  • jaundice


This chapter contains section titled:

  • General Examination

  • Bowel Sounds

  • Arterial Bruits

  • Groin

  • Hernia

  • Liver

  • Spleen

  • Kidneys

  • Masses

  • Aorta

  • Examination of Genitals

  • Per Rectum Examination

  • Per Vaginam Examination

  • Summary of Common Illnesses

  • System-Oriented Examination

  • References