March 1st, 2017
Listening to Bowel Sounds: An Outdated Practice?
Alexandra Godfrey, BSc PT, MS PA-C
Medical programs teach us that listening to bowel sounds is an essential part of the physical examination of the abdomen, especially when the differential includes ileus, small bowel obstruction, diarrhea or constipation. Woe betide the student who fails to auscultate the abdomen of patients with these presentations. Yet firstly there’s little supporting evidence for this maneuver, […]