McBurney's point


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Related to McBurney's point: appendicitis, Psoas sign, Rovsing sign, Rovsing's sign, Obturator sign, Murphy's sign

McBurney's point

Etymology: Charles McBurney; L, pungere, to puncture
a site of extreme sensitivity in acute appendicitis, situated in the normal area of the appendix midway between the umbilicus and the anterior iliac crest in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. See also appendical reflex, appendicitis.
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McBurney's point

McBurney's point

The point on the right lower flank—midway between the anterosuperior iliac spine and belly button—that corresponds to the appendix; finger pressure on McBurney's point elicits a major pain response from patients with acute appendicitis.

McBurney's point

Physical exam The point on the right lower flank, midway between the anterosuperior iliac spine and belly button, that corresponds to the appendix; finger pressure on MP elicits a major pain response–Dang!, that HURTS–from Pts with acute appendicitis. See Appendicitis.