AUSCULT THE ABDOMEN FOR BORBORYGMUS
This is a good indication of gastrointestinal motility.
Frequency, duration, intensity and location of intestinal sounds should
be noted. If no sounds are
auscultable for a long time, the bowel is presumably not functioning.
Conversely, intestinal sounds do not necessarily mean propulsive
motility. Start ausculting in the
paralumbar fossa and then ventrally (both points on each side).
One may percuss the abdomen while ausculting to listen
for high-pitched resonant sounds associated with gas-distended bowel.
Click on your next PE point to continue with
your physical exam.