palpatory percussion


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percussion

 [per-kush´un]
1. in physical examination, striking a part of the body with short, sharp blows of the fingers in order to determine the size, position, and density of the underlying parts by the sound obtained. Percussion is most commonly used on the chest and back for examination of the heart and lungs. For example, since the heart is not resonant and the adjacent lungs are, when the examiner's fingers strike the chest over the heart the sound waves will change in pitch. This serves as a guide to the precise location and size of the heart.
2. the rhythmic clapping of cupped hands over various segments of the lungs to mobilize secretions; called also cupping.
Percussion. (def. 1) From Jarvis, 1996.
auscultatory percussion auscultation of the sound produced by percussion.
immediate percussion that in which the blow is struck directly against the body surface.
mediate percussion that in which a pleximeter is used.
palpatory percussion a combination of palpation and percussion, affording tactile rather than auditory impressions.

pal·pa·to·ry per·cus·sion

finger percussion in which attention is focused on the resistance and reverberation of the tissues under the finger as well as on the sound elicited.

palpatory percussion

[pal′pətôr′ē]
Etymology: L, palpare, to touch gently; percutere, to strike hard
a technique in physical examination in which the vibrations produced by percussion are evaluated by using light pressure of the flat of the examiner's hand.

pal·pa·to·ry per·cus·sion

(pal'pă-tōr'ē pĕr-kŭsh'ŭn)
Finger percussion in which attention is focused on the resistance and reverberation of the tissues under the finger as well as on the sound elicited.

pal·pa·to·ry per·cus·sion

(pal'pă-tōr'ē pĕr-kŭsh'ŭn)
Digital percussion in which attention is focused on tissue resistance and reverberation and under finger.

percussion

in veterinary diagnosis, striking a part of the body with short, sharp blows of the fingers in order to determine the size, position and density of the underlying parts by the sound obtained. Percussion is most commonly used on the chest and back for examination of the heart and lungs. For example, since the heart is not resonant and the adjacent lungs are, when the examiner's fingers strike the chest over the heart the sound waves will change in pitch. This serves as a guide to the precise location and size of the heart. The value of percussion in animals is limited by their haircoat, their reluctance to cooperate and their anatomy. Radiology and ultrasonographic imaging have pretty much supplanted the percussionist.

auscultatory percussion
auscultation of the sound produced by percussion. See also auscultation with percussion.
immediate percussion
that in which the blow is struck directly against the body surface.
mediate percussion
that in which a pleximeter is used.
palpatory percussion
a combination of palpation and percussion, affording tactile rather than auditory impressions. See also ballottement.