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High-pitched sounds are better heard with the _______ and low-pitched sounds are better heard with the _______.
diaphragm (hi, di)
The sound that precedes the carotid pulse is ___. The sound that follows the carotid sound is ___.
What sound marks the beginning of systole? What sound marks the end?
S1 marks beginning
S2 marks end
Physiologic splitting of S2 is best heard on _____ and disappears with ________.
If a person has all 4 heart sounds, what order will you hear them in?
4, 1, 2, 3
ejection click after 1
opening snap after 2
Which heart sound is normal in children or young adults but abnormal in people over 40? How is it produced?
As blood flows from atria to ventricles, it distends the ventricular walls and causes vibrations.
Which heart sound marks atrial contraction, and thus is NEVER heard in the absence of atrial contraction?
It also reflects a pathologic change in ventricular compliance (increased ventricular stiffness)
If your stethoscope has a functional diaphragm, how much pressure do you apply to listen with the bell? The diaphragm?
bell -- light pressure
diaphragm -- press tightly
Which is the most common murmur?
Midsystolic ejection murmur (produced by turbulence across a semilunar valve)
Systolic murmurs: aortic _____ & mitral _____.
Diastolic murmurs: aortic ____ & mitral ______.
Systolic -- aortic stenosis, mitral regurge
Diastolic -- aortic regurge, mitral stenosis
In what patient position is aortic stenosis and regurgitation best heard?
With patient sitting up and leaning forward.
For regurgitation, patient should exhale and hold breath.
Which murmur is best heard with the patient int he left lateral decubitus position, holding breath in exhalation, and stethoscope placed over the PMI?
Jugular veins empty directly into the _________, so they reflect activity of the ______ side of the heart.
Superior vena cava
The level at which the jugular pulse is visible gives an indication of ______________, which also equals central venous pressure and right ventricular end-diastolic pressure.
right atrial pressure
JVP should be measured at less than ____ cm above the sternal angle, or less than ____ cm in total distance above the RA.
If you are trying to estimate JVP, what are some ways to differentiate between internal jugular pulsations and the carotid pulse?
Biphasic, undulating quality -- 2 troughs & 2 elevations per heartbeat
height changes with position and falls with inspiration
eliminated by light pressure
How long should capillary refill time be? What might be indicated by a prolonged capillary refill time?
Less than 2 seconds
May indicate dehydration, shock, peripheral vascular disease, or hypothermia
At which auscultation point will you listen for physiologic splitting of S2 during inspiration?
At which auscultation point will you listen for gallops (S3, S4) in the left lateral decubitus position?
ID the following types of vaginal discharge:
1. gray or white; thin; homogenous; coats vaginal walls; not profuse; fishy odor
2. thin; greenish-yellow or gray; frothy/foamy; profuse; may be malodorous
3. White/transparent; thick; mostly odorless
4. white; cloudy; typically thick; not malodorous; could be thick and chunky like cottage cheese
1. bacterial vaginosis
2. trichomonal vaginitis (protozoan)
4. candidal vaginitis (candida albicans)
When will normal vaginal discharge become more noticeable?
use of oral contraceptive pills
close to ovulation (mid-cycle)
Patients who are hypovolemic will have a ____ JVP. Patients who are hypervolemic will have an _____ JVP.
New, unilateral nipple inversion or retraction suggests ______. What part of the breast is affected?
When performing a breast exam, the examiner palpates in a rectangular area. Name the four borders of that rectangle.
2. inframammary fold (bra line)
3. mid-sternal line
4. posterior axillary line
If you locate a nodule in the breast, how will you describe its location?
By quadrant or clock face, and by distance in cm from the nipple.
Describe how a cancerous breast nodule will feel.
Single, hard, irregular, poorly defined, and fixed to surrounding tissue
What is the most common non-cancerous tumor found in breasts, especially in adolescent females.
Peau d' orange, a sign of breast cancer, results from ________.
lymphatic obstruction, which produces edema of the skin
Which disease is described?: Red, scaling, crusty skin lesion that usually involves the nipple, areola, and surrounding skin.
Paget's of the breast
Dimpling of the skin of the breast signifies _______.
Breast cancer (probably a carcinoma of the suspensory ligaments)
Galactorrhea is often due to ______. It may also be a side effect of what type of medications?
D2 receptor blockers (such as anti-psychotics)
Herpes appears slightly differently in males than it does in females. ID the gender of the following infected patients:
1. appear as shallow, small, painful ulcers on red bases
2. appear as smal, scattered or grouped vesicles
The cervical os marks the opening into the endocervical canal. How does it appear in nulliparous women? How does it appear in women who have given birth?
Nulliparous -- small and round
Parous -- slit-like
Describe Chadwick's sign. What does it indicate?
Bluish or violet color of the vaginal mucosa, cervix, and/or labia (due to increased vascularity, increased estrogen, and venous congestion)
Eary sign of pregnancy (6-8 weeks)
What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), a.k.a. Salpingitis?
Acute infection of the upper genital tract (fallopian tube or tube + ovaries -- adnexal masses)
Describe the ROS and physical exam results of a patient with PID.
Lower abdominal pain
Pain worsens with coitus or jarring movements
cervical motion tenderness on bimanual exam
If you suspect __________, you will sniff for fishy odor after applying KOH to a wet mount cervix sample.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
ID the following: A herniation of the rectum into the posterior wall of the vagina, resulting from a weakness or defect in the endopelvic fascia.
Explain the difference between phimosis and paraphimosis.
Phimosis: a tight prepuce that cannot be retracted over the glans
Paraphimosis: a tight prepuce that, once retracted, cannot be returned to cover the glans. Edema ensues.
Which is characteristic of secondary syphilis? A syphilitic chancre, or condyloma latum? Which is the most contagious phase?
Condyloma latum is secondary syphilis - most contagious.
The chancre occurs first.
Describe a syphilitic chancre.
Firm, painless ulcer with indurated borders. Scraping revelas spirochetes.
How will a patient with non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) present?
Presents with penile discharge that is clear or white, scanty, and usually observed when inspecting the urethral meatus.
For a patient who presents with penile discharge, how will you differentiate between gonorrhea and NGU (non-gonococcal urethritis)?
A culture and a gram stain
Diabetic patient presents with crepitus of the scrotum. The scrotum is also swollen and erythematous. Diagnosis?
Upon palpation of the scrotum in a patient, you notice that there is no palpable testis or epididymis. What is the diagnosis? What is this patient at increased risk for?
Increased risk of testicular cancer
Patient presents with an acutely painful, tender, swollen testicle that is retracted upward in the scrotum. The scrotum is red and erythematous. Diagnosis?
Testicular torsion (twisting of the testicle on the spermatic cord)
Where is a pilonidal cyst located?
In the midline, superficial to the coccyx or the lower sacrum (right above the "butt crack")
If a pilonidal cyst has a small tuft of hair and is surrounded by a halo of redness, what is indicated?
The opening of a sinus tract
In an asthmatic patient, wheezes and crackles may be heard, and tactile fremitus is ______.
There are four groups of axillary lymph nodes. Three of them drain into the fourth group, called the ______ nodes.
Congenital displacement of the urethral meatus to the inferior surface of the penis is known as ________.
What results when valves inside the veins along the spermatic cord prevent blood from flowing properly, thus causing the blood to back up, and in turn, causing swelling and widening of the veins?
What feels like a soft bag of worms that is separate from the testis, but collapses slowly when the scrotum is elevated in the supine patient?
Your patient presents with a mass that does not illuminate. It is felt when standing, but disappears when the patient is supine. What is the mass?
You notice tense, warm, erythematous, very tender abscesses located posteriorly and deeply on both sides of the vaginal opening in your patient. Diagnosis?
Bartholin gland infection
What is the PE exam order in the thorax? In the abdomen?
Thorax: inspect, palpate, percuss, auscultate
Abdomen: inspect, auscultate, percuss, palpate
ID the following chest deformities:
1. sternum is displaced anteriorly, inc. the AP diameter
2. Multiple rib fractures causing ribs to move inward on inspiration and outward on expiration
3. increased AP diameter accompanying old age, COPD, and infancy
4. depression in the lower portion of the sternum
5. Abnormal spinal curvatures & vertebral rotation deform the chest
1. Pectus carinatum
2. Flail chest
3. Barrel chest
4. Pectus excavatum (Funnel chest)
5. Thoracic kyphoscoliosis
To measure posterior chest expansion, where should you place your thumbs? Where do you place thumbs for anterior chest expansion?
At the level of the 10th ribs
Along costal margin
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