Auscultación

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Definición

Es el método de escuchar los ruidos del cuerpo durante un examen físico.

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Información

La auscultación por lo regular se lleva a cabo usando un instrumento llamado estetoscopio. Los médicos auscultan rutinariamente los pulmones, el corazón e intestinos de un paciente para evaluar la frecuencia, intensidad, duración, número y calidad de los ruidos.

Los médicos también utilizan la auscultación para escuchar los ruidos cardíacos de los fetos. Esto se puede realizar con un estetoscopio o con ondas sonoras (llamada ecografía Doppler). También se puede utilizar para escuchar los pulsos en las manos y en los pies.

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  • David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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