Murphy's sign


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Murphy's sign

 [mur´fēz]
a sign of gallbladder disease consisting of pain on taking a deep breath when the examiner's fingers are on the approximate location of the gallbladder.

Murphy's sign

a test for gallbladder disease in which the patient is asked to inhale while the examiner's fingers are hooked under the liver border at the bottom of the rib cage. The inspiration causes the gallbladder to descend onto the fingers, producing pain if the gallbladder is inflamed. Deep inspiration can be very much limited.

Murphy's sign

Clinical medicine Pain on inspiration when the examiner's fingers are placed under the right costal margin next to the rectus abdominalis, a finding associated with acute cholecystitis. See Cholecystitis.

Murphy's sign

Tenderness and rigidity under the ribs on the right side (right hypochondrium) that increases on breathing in. (John Benjamin Murphy, 1857—1916, American physician).
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Sonographic findings were a thickened gallbladder wall (defined as wall thickness > 4 mm) in absence of ascitis and hypoalbuminemia, a positive sonographic Murphy's sign (defined as maximum tenderness of the sonographically localized gallbladder), pericholecystic fluid collection, and no stone(s) in the gallbladder (4).