Blumberg sign, the more technical name of a maneuver that doctors and people who have had a bout of appendicitis or the doubt of having experienced one know. It is about a movement that doctors make to check if the patient in pain has an attack of appendicitis. Let's see how it is done and what it is for.
Blumberg's sign: what it is
When you do the Blumberg sign it acts by making a very slow compression of the abdomen with the hands, then suddenly release and suddenly free the abdominal wall. What can all this mean? Now we see it.
Blumberg's sign: appendicitis
When this maneuver is performed on a healthy person who has no particular symptoms, almost nothing happens. Or rather, it will perceive pressure, maybe a little pain, and then release, like a simple release from the hand that compressed the abdomen.
But who has one peritonitis in progress, when the abdominal wall is compressed, he feels a certain pain which, after the abrupt release of the hand, increases instead of decreasing, as in the other case. That's why the Blumberg sign it is useful in cases of appendicitis and peritonitis and is also referred to as rebound tenderness. If a person is found with appendicitis, once performed Blumberg's sign, usually he also has severe localized abdominal pain, first, and then more and more widespread.
A throbbing sensation that often forces sufferers to place themselves in the fetal position, even with the legs curled up on the abdomen, to try to ease the pain. To the touch, even without making the Blumberg sign, the abdominal part appears very stiff, as of iron. Other signs of appendicitis are nausea, vomiting and fever, peritonitis is an emergency situation, so if we have the doubt of peritonitis, we must immediately alert the medical aid and certainly not think about it Blumberg sign.
Blumberg's sign: positive
It is said that the Blumberg sign it is positive when the pain on release increases. Positive means that we may have acute appendicitis or peritonitis that is linked to appendicitis but not only. It could also have been the cause intestinal ulceration or severe pelvic inflammatory disease.
Blumberg's sign: execution
To perform this maneuver it is necessary to lay down the patient in the supine position. It is the doctor or a nurse who does it by exercising light pressure starting from areas that are not spontaneously painful, gradually proceeding where there is a contracture, therefore where appendicitis develops.
When the doctor feels contractures or tenderness, then he must perform the abrupt release, lifting his hands from the abdomen to see if the pain becomes acute. If so, Blumberg's sign is positive. Usually the evaluation of the outcome of this sign is made before the administration of anti-inflammatory or analgesics, otherwise the result would be skewed.
Blumberg's sign: film
If we talk about movies, we are not talking about appendicitis and we leave the medical field. In the world of cinema, Blumberg is Stuart Ethan Blumberg, an American screenwriter, director and film producer who also earned nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards, the 2011 Golden Globes and the 2011 BAFTA Awards for “The boys are fine " of which he wrote the beautiful script. A film that deserves even if nothing will tell us more than the sign of Blumberg.
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