Percussion of the Spleen

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Updated on January 31, 2017
Percussion of Spleen




Traube’s semilunar space

Borders:

Superiorly: Left 6th rib superiorly
Laterally: Left midaxillary line or Left anterior axillary line
Inferiorly: Left costal margin
Method:

Patient’s position: supine with left arm slightly abducted.
Percuss: from medial to lateral
Interpretation: Resonance (Normal) and Dullness (Splenomegaly)

Also: Pleural effusion or mass in stomach may cause dullness in Traube’s space.
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