During a physical exam, a health professional looks at,
listens to, and touches or gently presses on (palpates) the body. This exam
helps the health professional determine the cause of symptoms, what other
conditions may be present, and what medical tests may be needed. During a
physical exam, the health professional may:
Take the person's
Listen to the heart and lungs.
eyes with an ophthalmoscope.
Examine the ears with an
Touch or gently press on (palpate) the neck, underarms,
abdomen, and groin.
Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
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