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									Clinical medicine – General Examination

                    General Examination
1. Over view:
1. Over view:
        a. Built:
                 i. Height‫إذا ضمُرك ىم َسمح ىل باىقىه أوه طبُعٍ, فيدَل واحد مه اثىُه‬
                          Dwarfism or Gigantism
                ii. Weight ‫اىمُزان هى اىحنم وىنه مه خاله اىىظر إذا ضمُرك ىم َسمح ىل باىقىه أوه‬
                     :‫طبُعٍ فيدَل واحد مه اثىُه‬
                   Underweight or Overweight
        b. Decubitus:
                 i. Dorsal recumbent position: normal
                ii. Semi-sitting (orthopenic) position: in
                          1. LSHF
                          2. Emphysema
                          3. Tense ascites
                          4. Mediastinal syndrome: any mass.
               iii. Lateral decubitus:
                          1. Lung abscess
                          2. Pleurisy
                          3. Extensive unilateral lung disease (pleural effusion, tension pneumothorax).
               iv. Kneeling (prayer) position = leaning forwards in:
                          1. Pericarditis
                          2. Pericardial effusion
                          3. Pancreatitis
                          4. Mediastinal syndrome
                v. Squatting position: in Fallot’s tetralogy:
                          1. VSD
                          2. Overriding of aorta
                          3. Infundibular pulmonary stenosis
                          4. Right ventricular hypertrophy
        c. Mental Function:
                 i. Consciousness: causes of decreased consiousness:
                           Intracranial.
                           Extracranial:
                     1. Diabetic keto-acidosis (acetone odor, dry tongue, D.M. history).
                     2. Hypoglycemic coma ‫مثو اىرٌ َرمض‬
                     3. CO2 Narcosis→ renal failure.
                     4. Electrolyte imbalance → arrhythmia.
                     5. Hepatic encephalopathy
                ii. Behavior
               iii. Orientation (to time, place and persons)
               iv. Mood
                v. Memory
              vi. Intelligence
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N.B.: Normally in the examination, we say:” The patient is average in built, lies comfortably in bed in
dorsal recumbent position, fully conscious, cooperative, well oriented to time, place and persons, with good
mood and memory, and of average intelligence”.

N.B.: In your exam.: Chest case → blue → CO2 narcosis →Renal Failure.
                    Abdomen case → yellowish → hepatic encephalopathy
                    → Liver Failure

2. Vital Signs: ((Puullssee+BP+RR+TTeemppeerraattuurree))
2. Vital Signs: P +BP+RR+ m
a) Pulse:
    Rate: using your watch. If regular→ 15 seconds then x 4. If irregular or bradycardia→ complete
        Pulse deficit= apical pulse (‫ – )باىسماعت‬radial pulse (‫)باىُد‬
       If < 10 → occasional.
       If > 10 → marked.
        SAN rate = 150 impulse/min.
        Parasympathetic system takes the upper hand, so normal HR: 60-100 beat/min
                       Bradycardia < 60                                    Tachycardia > 100
         Sinus bradycardia (SAN): 50-60                      Sinus tachycardia (SAN): 100-150
         Escape junctional or nodal (AVN): 30-50             Paroxysmal (not SAN)> 150 ‫أٌ وقطت تقىي فترة ثم‬
                                                                  Ventricular.
                                                                  Supraventricular.
         Heart block 20-30                                   Rapid AF.
         Complete heart block           with       escape
         idioventricular rhythm

        Rhythm:
          Regular
          Irregular:

         Regular irregularity                                       Irregular irregularity
         Due to monofocal premature                    Occasional                       Marked
         beats (extrasystoles)
                                               Pulse deficit < 10            >10
         In digitalis toxicity                 You can count 4 Can’t
                                               successive regular beats
         E.g.: Pulsus Bigeminus                e.g.: Multifocal premature Rapid AF
                                               beats            (multifocal
                    Pulsus Trigeminus          extrasystoles)
        Volume:
        Pulse pressure= systolic Pressure – Diastolic Pressure
        Normally 30-50 mmHg.
        Big Pulse volume > 50 mmHg
        Small Pulse Volume < 30 mmHg.

Causes of Big Pulse Volume:                               1. ↑↑↑ systolic /↑diastolic:
                                                             Systemic hypertension.
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2. ↑↑ systolic / normal diastolic:       d. Anemia
      a. Thyrotoxicosis.           4. Normal systolic /↓↓↓ diastolic:
      b. Aortic atherosclerosis.         a. PDA
3. ↑↑↑ systolic /↓↓↓ diastolic:          b. A-V fistula
      a. AR                              c. Pregnancy
      b. PDA                             d. VD therapy
      c. Severe bradycardia with         e. Beri-Beri
          complete HB.                   f. Paget’s disease
     N.B.: All of the above are causes of hyper-dynamic circulation except AR and systemic hypertension.

Causes of small pulse volume:                          2. ↓ Pumping:
1.   ↓ Filling:                                                Cardiomyopathy
           Constrictive pericarditis                          Myocarditis
           Pericardial effusion                               Myocardial Infarction
           Severe tachycardia                         3. Obstruction:
           Hypo-volemia                                       Any valve stenosis (MS, TS, AS, PS).

Irregular Pulse Volume: (In irregular rhythm)
      Pulsus alternans( ‫ :)وحدة قىَت واألخري ضعُفت‬in severe LVF, the diseased fibres have longer
       REFRACTORY period, so:
           o An impulse stimulates the normal fibres only →weak contraction.
           o The next impulse stimulate normal + diseased fibres → stronger contraction.
      Pulsus Paradoxicus(‫ :)تختفٍ مع اىىفس‬causes:
           o COPD
           o Pericardial effusion                                        inspiration
           o Constrictive pericarditis.
       Normally, with inspiration:
           o Lung is congested with blood
           o ↑↑ VR to right sided heart
           o ↓↓ Blood reaching left side.
           o ↓ C.O.
           o ↓ Pulse volume.
           Pulsus paradoxicus is an exaggeration of the normal criteria:
           The above causes affect the relaxation of R.V. more than LV due to thinner wall, so with
                 Lung congestion
                 More ↓ blood reaching LV.
                 More ↓ CO.
                 More ↓ pulse volume.

        Character: when you describe character, you should comment on 3 components: volume of
         pulse+rate of expansion (upstroke)+rate of collapse (downstroke). E.g.: Water hummer pulse (in AR):
         big volume+sudden expansion+sudden collapse. Plateau pulse (in AS):small volume, slow rate of
         expansion+slow rate of collapse.
        Equality ‫ح ّ اىىبض عيً اىُدَه بعدما تخٍّ اىعَان َرفع َدَه مأوه َدعى‬
                                              ‫ي‬                           ‫س‬
     Causes of inequality:
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         Outside wall: cervical rib, Pancoast tumor (apical bronchogenic carcinoma), saccular
              aneurysm of aorta.
         Wall: dissecting aneurysm, Aortic coarctation.
         Lumen: thrombus, embolism.
        N.B.: radio-femoral lag: due to abdominal Aorta narrowing:
               Dissecting aneurysm
               Coarctation
               Thrombus
       Arterial wall condition:
               Normally: not felt.
               Cord-like: →
                       Monckburg medial calcinosis (in media)/ midium arteries.
                       Atherosclerosis (subintimal) / big arteries, not radial.
               Grape-like: polyarteritis nodosa.
       Peripheral pulsations (sound, murmur, thrill):
               Arteries: Carotid, Axillary, Brachial, Ulnar, Radial, Femoral, Popliteal, Posterior Tibial,
                  Dorsalis Pedis.
               Rule: avoid thumb except in big arteries.
               Your comment:
                              Absent Peripheral pulsations.
                              Present:
                                Sound: Pistol shot
                                Murmur: Droisier sign
                                Carotid shudder.
             Palpation of radial artery:
        a.   By tips of middle 3 fingers.
        b.   Against lower end of radius.
        c.   Using moderate compression.
        d.   Wrist should be pronated and supported by thumb or palm.

b) Blood Pressure: measured:
       a. Directly: by catheter.
       b. Indirectly: Palpatory and auscultatory.
    KROTOKOV Sounds:
           I. Clear fine taps
          II. Murmurs
         III. Clear strong taps
         IV. Murmur (3-4 mmHg).
          V. Silence.
    Diastolic BP:
           I. Direct: gives pressure of phase 4. i.e. when sound starts to fade.
          II. Indirect:
                       Palpatory: not used for DBP.
                       Auscultatory:
                                In most cases: DBP = phase 4 i.e. when sound disappears.
                                In case of: children, AR, Hyper-dynamic circulation → DBP=beginning
                                   of phase 4, as there is prolonged phase 4.
    Management of Auscultatory gap:
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             I. Continue deflating cuff till zero to avoid DBP overestimation.
            II. Use palpatory method to avoid SBP underestimation.
       General Rules:
        In the room i.e. basal conditions:
                Avoid emotional stress for 5 min.
                Avoid exercise for 10 min.
                Avoid smoking for 15 min.
                Avoid eating for 30 min (2 hours in elderly).
                Evacuate the bladder.
                Reassure the patient to avoid WHITE COAT HYPERTENSION.

        In the patient:
              Sitting or lying, but prone position to measure L.L., and standing to diagnose postural
              Remove clothes perfectly, but if tight completely take off.
              Elbow should be slightly flexed.
              Upper limb should be supported.
        In the sphygmomanometer:
              Mercury reservoir should be at the same horizontal level of heart and anti-cubital crease.
              Mercury column should be placed vertically.
              Rubber tubes should be medially.
              Avoid so tight and so loose.
              The suitable rubber bag should be used (lower limb, children and obese have special bags).
       Steps:
        1. Palpatory: to detect SBP only and to avoid SBP underestimation in presence of auscultatory
        2. Auscultatory:
              Apply the cuff, not so tight or loose, with its lower edge above the anti-cubital crease by 3
                  cm with rubber tubes medially.
              Avoid herniation of rubber bag from the cuff.
              Inflate rapidly, above the level of pulse disappearance by 20-30 mmHg.
              Deflate slowly at 1 mmHg/sec.
              While placing chest piece over the brachial artery (medial to bicipital tendon) auscultate
                  Krotokov’s sounds. SBP is the first. Diastolic BP was discussed before.
              Continue deflating till zero.
       Measuring BP in LL:
              Patient lies in prone position.
              Use larger cuff.
              Wrap it around mid-thigh, or around calf muscles if there is no large cuff.
              Place rubber tubes in midline of popliteal fossa.
              Auscultate popliteal artery in popliteal fossa, or posterior tibial if cuff tighted around calf
       Uses of sphygmomanometer:
              Diagnostic uses:
        1. Measuring ABP:
                        Normal ABP: 100-140/60-90 mmHg
                    i. To diagnose hypertension (DBP):
                            Mild 90-110
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                         Moderate 110-120
                         Severe 120-130
                         Malignant > 130 (Encephalopathy, Retinopathy, Papilledema, acute pulmonary
                         Types (causes):
                               Essential (1ry)
                               Secondary (renal, endocrinal, multi-factorial).

                  ii. To diagnose hypotension: SBP < 100 mmHg.
                              Causes:
                                     a. Over-dosage of anti-hypertensive
                                     b. Shock (SBP < 70 mmHg → cold limbs).
                                     c. Addison’s disease: never SBP > 110 mmHg.
                                     d. Postural hypotension: SBP during standing < during flat by > 20
                 iii. To diagnose unequal pressure on both sides:
                              Right > left, or left > right by 10 mmHg.
                              Same causes of unequal pulse.
                 iv. Compare UL and LL pressures:
                     Normally by direct method UL > LL as closer to heart. By indirect method, LL > UL due to
                     stronger muscle tone (20 mmHg).
                     If LL > UL by > 20 mmHg → mild AR, > 40 mmHg → moderate AR, >60 mmHg →
                     severe AR.
                     If UL > LL → same cause of radio-femoral lag.
                  v. To detect pulse pressure:
                            Normally 30-50 mmHg.
                            If < 30 (causes of small pulse volume).
                            If > 50 (causes of big pulse volume).
                            In AR pulse pressure > 60 and diastolic < 60 mmHg.

        2. Hiss test: to diagnose Idiopathic thrombo-cytopenic purpura.
            Elevate cuff pressure between systolic and diastolic.
            Wait for 5 minutes.
            Remove the cuff: if ≥ 5 petichial hemorrhage in an area of 5 cm diameter → ↓↓ platelets.
        3. Walker’s test: to diagnose Myesthenia Gravis.
        4. Treasseant test: elevate > SBP → carpo-pedal spasm → latent tetany (Ca+2: 7-9 mg%,
           normally 9-11 mg %).
        5. Lown berg test: to diagnose DVT. Apply the cuff on calf muscle and elevate pressure → the
           patient shout.
        6. Diagnose Pulsus alternans:
            By auscultation: false impression of bradycardia.
            To diagnose, stop at SBP then deflate → sudden doubling of Krotokov’s sounds.
        7. Diagnose pulsus paradoxicus:
            While measuring BP, Krotokov’s sounds will disappear at a given cuff pressure during
            Deflate in steps until Krotokov’s sound is heard all through the respiratory cycle. This =
                SBP at weak beats.
            If this < expiratory SBP by > 10 mmHg → Pulsus paradoxicus.
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                 Therapeutic Uses:
                                  As a tourniquet.
                                  Rotatory method (closed vene-section) for treatment of acute
                                   pulmonary edema in anemic patient.
c) Respiratory Rate: see chest.
d) Temperature:
           Sublingual                           Axillary                             Rectal
More accurate as no V.C. due to no Add 0.5 ° C.                       More reliable.
sympathetic supply.                                                   Subtract 0.5° C.

    o    Indication for Rectal:
    1.   Children                                    5. Cough
    2.   Comatosed                                   6. Vomiting
    3.   Convulsions                                 7. Hysterical
    4.   Mouth-breather

    o Technique:
      1. Shake thermometer very well.                       <35 ° C           Hypothermia
      2. Apply it                                           35-36.5° C        Subnormal
                                                            36.5-37.2° C      Normal
      3. Keep it for 3 minutes.                             >37.2° C          Fever
                                                            >41.1° C          Hyper-pyrexia

o Causes of Fever:
         1. Infection                                         6.   Hemolysis
         2. Trauma (crush syndrome)                           7.   Malignancy
         3. Hypersensitivity                                  8.   Hyperthyroidism
         4. Collagen disease                                  9.   Fever of unknown      cause.
         5. Sun stroke

o Causes of Hyperpyrexia:
          1. Hyperthyroid crisis                              4. Pontine hemorrhage
          2. Salicylate poisoning                             5. Heat stroke
          3. Hemolytic hemorrhage
o Causes of hypothermia:
          1. Shock                                             4. Cold weather
          2. Starvation                                        5. Hypothalamic surgery
          3. Myxedema                                          6. Old age

3. Regional Examination:
3. Regional Examination:
  1.. Head::
  1 Head
o Cranium
o Face:
   Facies:
   Complexion:
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             Jaundice:
            It’s yellowish discoloration of skin and mucous membranes due to
            elevation of total bilirubin > 2.5 mg%.
            Normal total bilirubin = 0.8-1.2 mg%.
            How to detect?
                1. Ask patient to look upwards.
                2. Pull lower eyelid downwards.
                3. Inspect sclera in the daylight.
                N.B.: Sclera is rich in elastin to which bilirubin is attached.
                Bilirubin reaches sclera by diffusion, as it’s avascular.
                Eye    still   yellow     2    months     after    treatment    of

                 4. Color:
                       o Lemon-yellow → hemolytic jaundice.
                       o Olive-green → obstructive jaundice.
                       o Orange-yellow → hepato-cellular jaundice.
                                  1.   Dark races: brownish sclera.
                                  2.   Xanthomatosis
                                  3.   Uremia
                                  4.   Hypercarrotenemia:↑ intake: D.M. + vegetarians. ↓ metabolism:
Causes of jaundice:
    Hemolytic                          Obstructive                      Hepatocellular
   ↑ hemolysis                   Biliary obstruction         Liver cell failure
   ↑ indirect bilirubin          ↑ direct                    ↑ both (direct+indirect)
   Lemon-yellow sclera           Olive green sclera          Orange-yellow sclera
   Dark stool                    Clay-colored stool          Pale-clay colored stool
   Normal urine                  Dark urine                  Dark urine
   Other manifestations:         Itching.                    Manifestations of LCF                    (see
    hemolytic anemia              Sinus bradycardia.          abdomen)
             Cyanosis:
            Definition: bluish discoloration of skin and mucous membranes due
            to elevation of reduced Hb > 5 gm% in arterial blood of underlying

            N.B.: Blood normally dark red, but the depth → blue.
               Better seen in m.m. or areas of thin skin as no keratin.
               Reduced Hb: carboxyHb –metHb –SulfHb
               Normal reduced Hb =2.5 gm%
                                 Central cyanosis                        Peripheral cyanosis
Causes         1. ↓ O2 inhalation: high altitude, strangling,      1. V.C.: cold weather, peripheral
                   drowning, URT obstruction as FB, laryngospasm.     vascular disease as Raynod’s.
               2. Right to left shunt: Eisenminger’s syndrome, F4. 2. Low CO: HF.
               3. Any extensive lung disease.                      3. 1ry polycythemia: ↑ viscosity
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                    4. 1ry polycythemia: as ↑ RBCs→↑Hb.                      4. SVC obstruction.
                    5. Met+sulf Hb.
                    6. Liver cirrhosis: V.D. material → opening of
                         intrapulmonary A.V. shunts
Mechanism           Hypoxic hypoxia                                           Stagnant hypoxia
Hands               Warm (VD due to hypoxia)                                  Cold
Warming             Worsens condition                                         Improve
Arterial PO2        ↓↓                                                        Normal
Oxygenation         Improve                                                   No effect
Polycythemia        1ry + 2ry                                                 1ry
Clubbing            Present                                                   Absent
Sites                Under surface of tongue                                 Nails
                     Inner surface of lips                                   N.B.: Never in tongue as no
                     Conjunctiva + nails                                     stagnation as it’s:
                                                                              Near heart
                                                                              No sympathetic supply
                                                                              No V.C.
N.B.: to differentiate between central and peripheral or to detect presence of peripheral cyanosis in patient
having central cyanosis:
 Tongue → central
 Cold→ peripheral.
Does anemia associate cyanosis?
Never, neither anemia nor severe anemia.

                Pallor: Our complexion color is complex of 3 colors:
                   Yellow due to keratin.
                   Brown due to melanin
                Red due to Hb.
               Pallor= absence of red component= absence of Hb.
                                   Sites of Pallor:
                                       1. Inner surface of lip.
                                       2. Nail
                                       3. Palmer creases
                                       4. Conjunctiva: but not seen in Egyptians due to TRACHOMA.
                                   Causes:
                                       1. Anemia ‫بأسبابها‬
                                       2. Low CO: shock, HF, syncope.
                                       3. Renal failure.

                Butterfly rash:
                   Brown: pregnancy, Pellagra.
                         Bright red → Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis.
                         Dusky red → Malar flush (MS+ pulmonary hypertension) = hypertension
                         stage of MS (unknown mechanism).
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    Individual organs:
          Eye:
         Causes of eyelids puffiness:
                           1. Renal failure: due to salt and water retention.
                           2. Myxedema
                           3. Angioneurotic edema
                           4. Chronic cough
                           5. SVC obstruction
                           6. Excessive sleeping
                           7. Excessive crying
          Mouth:
          Lip: cyanosis + pallor.
          Tongue:
                            Cyanosis
                            Red glazed tongue=Beefy tongue:
                                    Vitamin B deficiency
                                    Folic acid deficiency
                                    Iron deficiency
                                    Liver failure
                                    Diabetes
                                    Anti-cancerous drugs
                            White dry coated tongue:
                                    Starvation and dehydration
                                    Fever as Typhoid
                                    Uremia
                                    Diabetes
          Halitosis: Bad Odor of Mouth.
                            DKA: acetone odor
                            RF: ammoniacal urineferous
                            LCF: fetor hepaticus
                            Alcoholic
                            Suppurative lung syndrome
                            Gastro-colic fistula → fecal odor
                            Pyloric obstruction
                            Bad oral hygiene
   2.. Neck::
   2 Neck
         o Skin: Thyroidectomy scar, spider nevi.
            o Muscles:
                        Neck retraction: meningitis, subdural hemorrhage.
                        Over-action of accessory respiratory muscles (Sternomastoid, Scalini).
                        Abnormal movement: Attaxia, Parkinsonism, AR (nodding head=De Musset sign).

            o Trachea: Trail’s sign: marked tracheal shift pushing sternomastoid.

            o Thyroid ‫مه اىجراحت‬
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              o Carotid Artery:
                            Visible carotid pulsation=Corrigan’s sign=AR.
                            Systolic thrill:
                                   AR =carotid shudder
                                   AS + thrill at base of heart
                                   Carotid artery aneurysm or stenosis or throbus.

              o Neck Veins:
                     Introduction:
                        Any vein is:
                        Capacitant: its capacity > its blood content (1/10), so blood accumulates in its
                        dependent lower parts more than upper parts, so distension of the lower part > the
                        Collapsible: collapsed upper part due to decreased V.R.
                        Distensible: in lower part due to effect of gravity.

                     Right IJV                                                  EJV
   Deep to sternomastoid                            Superficial to sternomastoid
   Does not pierce deep fascia                      Pierces the deep fascia
   Has no valves                                    Has valves
   In direct continuity with SVC                    Makes an angle with SVC

                         Examination of Neck Veins:
                               Pressure:

N.B.: Distance from angle of Lewis to center of right atrium = 5 cm.
JVP: it’s the vertical distance in cms between angle of Lewis (zero level) and upper level of distension or
pulsation of IJV. Normally: 0-3 cm water or blood.
CVP=JVP+5. Normally = 5-8 cm blood.

How to measure the pressure?
1. Ask the patient to lie in 45° (starting position).
2. Ask him to lie in an angle between 30°-90° (according to the case) that makes the upper level of
   distension or pulsation obvious.
3. Keep patient’s head supported and looking forwards.
4. Place the ruler vertically with its zero at angle of Lewis level or at clavicle if he’s in 45°.
5. Determine the JVP.
6. Determine the CVP=JVP+5

NB: IJV is better to be seen than EJV due to (see table above).

Causes of low JVP: (upper level doesn’t appear at 30°)
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  Hypovolemia (hemorrhage, polyuria, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydraton).

  Causes of high JVP:
  1. Causes of hyper-dynamic circulation
  2. Cardiac:
           a. SVC obstruction
           b. Tricuspid Stenosis
           c. Right ventricular failure
           d. Constrictive pericarditis and pericardial effusion
           e. Pulmonary Stenosis
           f. Pulmonary hypertension
  3. Chest: increased intrathoracic pressure leading to pressure on right ventricle (emphysema, pleural
      effusion, pneumothorax)
  4. Abdominal: tense ascites.
                                         Relation to respiration
  Forced expiration increases +ve intrathoracic pressure, so pressing on right ventricle  expiratory filling of
  neck veins.
  Constrictive pericarditis and pericardial effusion  Kaussmall’s sign = Inspiratory filling of neck veins.
  Normally: Inspiratory filling (slightly).

                                   Jugular Waves
                    Late Diastole         Systole                                         Early Diastole
                                        Early               Late              Maximum filling     Reduced filling

Event               Right Atrial        Atrial Relaxation   Atrial filling    Atrial emptying
Pressure                   ++                   -- --              -- --             ++
Blood column
in neck vein

  y´: y ascent  reduced filling in flow from atrium to ventricle < flow from neck
  veins to atrium.
  Systolic collapse:
            Normally
            X-wave occurs with pulse.
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Systolic collapse with giant a-wave: when right atrium contracts against pressure as TS, PS, PH.
Deep x: in constrictive pericarditis (Freidniche sign).
Deep y: in constrictive pericarditis (Freidniche sign).
Systolic expansion: (Giant V)
           TR (tricuspid regurge).
           AF (atrial fibrillation).
           Escape junctional rhythm, simultaneous atrial and ventricular contraction  Systolic Giant v-
               wave  Cannon wave.
           In complete heart block  occasional Cannon wave.
           Absent a-wave in AF (no contraction of atrium).
           Congested non-pulsating neck veins:
                    o SVO
                    o Marked distension of neck veins.

How to comment on waves?
      1. Palpate pulse at radial artery and look to jugular vein pulse.
      2. Systolic:
             a. Collapse:                                               b. Expansion:
                         i. Normal                                               i. TR
                        ii. Deep x, y.                                          ii. AF
                       iii. Giant-a wave: TS, PS, PH.                          iii. Cannon sign.
           Visible Carotid Pulsations                                 Jugular Venous Waves
Along upper ½ of anterior border of sternomastoid.      Along lower ½ of posterior border of sternomastoid.
Felt better than seen.                                  Seen better than felt.
Pulsitile which means:                                  Wavy or undulating which means:
            1 wave per cardiac cycle                             2-waves/cardiac cycle.
            Main movement: outwards                              Main movement: inwards
Unchangeable                                            Changeable: with: position, compression, respiration,
                                                        Valsalva maneuver, hepato-jugular reflux).

    Hepato-Jugular Reflux=Abdomino-Jugular Reflux= 1 minute test:
        1. Press on patient’s abdomen at umbilicus for 1 minute, and inspect neck veins elevation:
                 a. Transient = normal
                 b. Sustained:
                           i. Constrictive pericarditis
                          ii. Pericardial effusion
                         iii. Right sided heart failure
        2. Mechanism: increased intra-abdominal pressure  squeeze of blood  back flow into jugular

    3.. Chest::
    3 Chest
              o Spider Nevi: ‫مهم‬
                           Definition: dilatation of central arterioles and their branching capillaries.
                           Size: few mm to 2 cms.
                           Site: distribution of SVC: head, neck, upper limbs, upper chest (never below
Clinical medicine – General Examination

                        Color: red and blanches by pressure on its center.
                        Mechanism: unknown, but there are theories as increased estrogen, increased
                        Causes:
                              LCF
                              Pregnancy
                              Vitamin B deficiency
                              Some normal individuals

                        D.D.:
                                    Insect bite: exposed areas, does not blanch with pressure.
                                    Cample de Morgan spots: cherry red (capillary hemangioma).
                                    Venus star: small varicose vein.
                                    Purpuric eruptions.
            o Gynecomastia:
                        Definition: fibro-adenosis in male breast.
                        Causes:
                                Liver cell disease: decreased estrogen destruction.
                                Digitalis: anti-androgen.
                                Spironolactone: anti-ADH (small dose  decreased action of
                                    androgen, large dose  decreased synthesis of androgen).
                        D.D.:
                                Unilateral (rare)  lipoma.
                                Bilateral:
                                         o Symmetrical (uncommon)  simple obesity.
                                         o Asymmetrical (common).
                        Picture: firm disc beneath nipple:
                                Tender: if formed rapidly.
                                Not tender: if formed slowly.

   4.. Upper lliimb::
   4 Upper mb
            o Tremors:
                        Fine:
                                    Thyrotoxicosis
                                    Parkinsonism
                                    Anxiety
                                    Alcoholism
                                    Cigarette smoking
                                    Familial
                                    Senility
                        Coarse:
                                    Static: Parkinsonism
                                    Kinetic: cerebellar ataxia
                                    Flapping: end organ failure
            o Skin and adenexa:
                        Spider nevi (see before)
Clinical medicine – General Examination

                            Palm:
                                    Pallor in the creases
                                    Hyperkarrotinemia
                                    Palmer erythema:
                                   Definition: well-demarcated shinny redness in thenar, hypothenar and root
                                   of fingers with central pallor that balches by compression.
                                         1. Same causes of spider nevi.
                                         2. T.B.
                                         3. Thyrotoxicosis
                                         4. Reticulosis: abnormal RBCs.
                                         5. Rheumatic arthritis.
                                         6. ACTH therapy.
                                   Mechanism: (as spider nevi).
                            Nail:
                                    Color:
                                             o Splinter hemorrhage: in infective endocarditis.
                                             o Leuconychia: in hypoalbuminemia + normally
                                             o Cyanosis (see before).
                                             o Pallor (C B 4 )
                                             o Brownish: in renal failure.
                                    Shape:
                                             o Spooning: in iron-deficiency anemia.
                                             o Clubbing: in chronic toxemia or hypoxia leading to V.D., edema
                                                   and proliferation of nail bed tissue.
                   Grade of                            Picture                          Diagnosis
                       1                Obliteration of angle              Window test: absent x-space
                       2                Parrot’s beak                      Inspection
                       3                Drum stick clubbing                Inspection
                       4                As grade 3 but tender, come in     Inspection+palpation
                                        Bronchogenic Carcinoma
                          0                                                Fluctuation test
N.B.: Grade 3 = pulmonary osteo-arthropathy.
Types of Clubbing:
      1. Pale (pallor): in toxemia
      2. Blue (cyanosis): in hypoxia
        System                                     Pale                                          Blue
    CVS                   Subacute infective endocarditis                    Congenital cyanotic heart disease
    Chest                 1. Suppurative syndrome                            Chronic respiratory failure.
                          2. Bronchogenic carcinoma
                          3. Mesothelioma
    Abdomen               1. LCF
                          2. Steatorrhea
                          3. Ulcerative colitis
                          4. Crohn’s disease
                          5. Intestinal polyposis
Clinical medicine – General Examination

    Traumatic                                                 Normal color

    5. Lower limb:
                                   L.L. Edema
                                      Unilateral                                         Bilateral
Causes           Local: cellulites, DVT, traumatic, lyphedema               ↑ hydrostatic pressure:
                 General cause with lateral decubitus as in hemiplegia       1. RSHF: systemic congestion, liver
                                                                                 congestionNa+H2O retention.
                                                                             2. Renal failure na+H2O.
                                                                             3. Pregnancy
                                                                             4. Orthostatic: prolonged standing.
                                                                            ↓ osmotic pressure:
                                                                                 a. Liver failure
                                                                                 b. Malnutrition
                                                                                 c. Protein loss (see chest)
                                                                            ↑ permeability:
                                                                                 a. V.D.
                                                                                 b. Allergy
                                                                            Deposition:
                                                                                 a. Lymphedema
                                                                                 b. Mexedema
Tenderness                      Tender in local causes.                                   Not tender
Extent:             Site of obstruction: DVT.
                    Severity of general cause.
                 Pitting at:
                 1. Dorsum of foot
                 2. Medial maleolus
                 3. Shin of tibia
                 4. Ischium
                 5. Sacrum
                 6. Pinching method in abdomen and thigh.                                Not pitting
                         Soft pitting      Hard pitting

                     1. Renal failure              1. Early
                     2. Heart failure                 lymphedema
                     3. Increased H2O              2. Increased

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