General Physical Examination

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A talk given by Dr. Preamala, Specialist in Medical Department of HTJS, Seremban for Clinical Examination Update for Tutors (101208-111208)


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General Physical Examination : 

General Physical Examination Dr Preamala.G Medical Department HTJ,Seremban.

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DOCTORS SHOULD BE OBSERVANT,LIKE A DETECTIVE; “CONAN DOYLE” Look at the patients general appearance…at the face ,hands and body Each examining system can be described using four elements; - looking/inspection - feeling/palpation - tapping/percussion - listening/auscultation - assessment of function

First impressions….. : 

First impressions….. Decide how sick is your patient? Is she well,sitting up and talking? Or ill totally not aware of her surroundings?


VITAL SIGNS PULSE BLOOD PRESSURE TEMPERATURE RESPIRATORY RATE Should be assessed immediately once you discover that your patients unwell. They provide important basic physiological information.

Weight,body habitus and posture : 

Weight,body habitus and posture Obesity,BMI >30. Any wasting of muscles? Tall?short? Always observe when the patient walks into the examination room.

hydration : 

hydration Mild-2.5L deficit -mild thirst,dry mucous membranes,concentrated urine Moderate – 4L deficit -as above with moderate thirst,reduced skin turgor(especially the arms,forehead,chest and abdomen) , tachycardia Severe – 6L -great thirst,reduced skin turgor and decreased eyeball pressure -collapsed veins,sunken eyes,postural hypotension,oligu


FACIES Specific diagnosis can be made by just looking at a patient’s face. Some facial characteristics are so typical of certain diseases that they immediately suggest the diagnosis….so called diagnostic facies……

Important diagnostic facies : 

Important diagnostic facies Acromegaly Cushingnoid Down syndrome Hippocratic Marfanoid Myxoedemetous Thyrotoxic parkinsonism

acromegaly : 


Acromegaly hands : 

Acromegaly hands

Downs syndrome : 

Downs syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome : 

Cushing’s syndrome


JAUNDICE It is the yellowish discolouration of a patient’s skin and sclerae that results from hyperbilirubinemia. It happens when the serum bilirubin level rises twice above the normal upper limit. It is deposited in the tissues of the body that contains elastin.

jaundice : 



CYANOSIS Blue discolouration of the skin and mucous membranes;it is due to the presence of deoxygenated haemoglobin in the superficial blood vessels. Occurs when there is more than 50g/L of deoxygenated haemoglobin in the capillary blood. Types-central and peripheral Central cyanosis- abnormal amount of deoxygenated haemoglobin in the arteries and that a blue discolouration is present in parts of the body with good;tongue. Peripheral cyanosis-occurs when blood supply to a particular part of body is reduced,eg;lips in cold weather becomes blue but the tongue is spared.

cyanosis : 


Causes of cyanosis : 

Causes of cyanosis Central cyanosis 1)Decreased arterial oyygen saturation. -high altitude -lung disease -right to left cardiac shunt 2)Polycythaemia 3)Haemoglobin abnormalities;methaemoglobinemia,sulphaemoglobinemia Peripheral cyanosis 1)All the causes of central cyanosis 2)Exposure to cold 3)Reduced cardiac output -left ventricular failure -shock 4)Arterial or venous obstruction


PALLOR Deficiency of haemoglobin can produce pallor of the skin. Should be noticeable especially in the mucous membranes of the sclerae if the anaemia is severe- Hb of less than 7g/L. Facial pallor can also be seen in patients with shock,due to the reduction of cardiac output. These patients usually appear cold and clammy and significantly hypotensive.

Causes of anaemia : 

Causes of anaemia MICROCYTIC ANAEMIA 1)Iron deficiency anaemia -chronic bleeding -malabsorption -hookworm -pregnancy 2)Thalassemia minor 3)Sideroblastic anaemia 4)Longstanding anaemia of chronic blood loss

Macrocytic anaemia : 

Macrocytic anaemia Megaloblastic bone marrow 1)Vitamin B12 defiency due to -pernicious anaemia -gastrectomy -tropical sprue -ileal disease;crohns disease,ileal resection -fish tapeworm -poor diet in vegetarians

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2) Folate deficiency due to -dietary defiency in alcoholics -malabsorption -increased cell turnover eg;pregnancy,leukemia,chronic haemolysis -anti folate drugs – phenytoin,methotrexate,sulphasalazine non megaloblastic bone marrow -alcohol,cirrohis of the liver,hypothyroidism,myelodysplastic syndrome

Normochromic anaemia : 

Normochromic anaemia Bone marrow failure -aplastic anaemia -ineffective haematopoiesis -infiltration Anaemia of chronic disease -chronic inflammation -liver disease -malignancies,chronic renal failure Haemolytic anaemia

Oral cavity : 

Oral cavity The teeth and breath Check the oral cavity looking for MOUTH ULCERS -Aphtous,drugs and trauma -gastrointestinal disease;inflammatory bowel disease,coeliac disease -rheumatological;Behcets syndrome,reiter -erythema multiforme -infections;herpes zoster,simplex,syphilis,tuberculosis

Behcets ulcers : 

Behcets ulcers

Gum hypertrophy : 

Gum hypertrophy Phenytoin Pregnancy Scurvy(vitamin C deficiency;gums become swollen,spongy,red and bleeds easily) Gingivitis;smoking leukemia

Pigmentation in the mouth : 

Pigmentation in the mouth Heavy metals-lead,bismuth,iron;haemochromatosis there is blue grey pigmentation in the hard palate Drugs-antimalarials,OCPs(brown/black pigmentation anywhere in the mouth) Addisons disease Peutz-jeghers syndrome Malignant melanoma


HAIR ALOPECIA Non-scarring -alopecia areta -scalp ring worm -traction alopecia Scarring -burns,radiation,lupoid erythema,sarcoidosis

Alopecia areata : 

Alopecia areata

Traction alopecia : 

Traction alopecia

Alopecia totalis : 

Alopecia totalis

NECK;lymphadenopathy,goitre : 

NECK;lymphadenopathy,goitre During palpation of lymph nodes the following features should be considered; SITE -Localised or generalised? -palpable lymph node areas are; Epitrochlear,axillary,cervical and occipital,supraclavicular,para-aortic,inguinal and popliteal.

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SIZE CONSISTENCY -hard are suggestive of carcinoma -soft may be normal -rubbery may be due to lymphoma TENDERNESS -Acute infection of inflammation FIXATION -If fixed to the underlying structures its most likely malignant OVERLYING SKIN -if inflammed then its suggestive of infection,teethered suggests carcinoma.

Cervical lymphadenopathy : 

Cervical lymphadenopathy


CAUSES OF LYMPHADENOPATHY GENERALISED -lymphoma -leukemia -infections -viral;infectious mononucleosis,CMV,HIV -bacterial;tuberculosis,syphilis -protozoal;toxoplasmosis -connective tissue disease -infitration;sarcoidosis -drugs;phenytoin

localised : 

localised Local or acute infection Metastasis from carcinoma or other solid tumour Lymphoma especially hodgkin’s disease


NAILS CLUBBING -Increase in the soft tissue of the distal part of the fingers or toes. CAUSES 1)Cardiovascular -cyanotic congenital heart disease,IE 2) Respiratory -lung carcinoma -bronchiectasis,lung abscess,emphyema -lung fibrosis 3)Gastrointestinal -cirrohis,IBS,Coeliac disease 4)Thyrotoxicosis 5)Familial

clubbing : 


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Blue nails-cyanosis,wilson ds Red nails-polycythaemia,CO poisoning Yellow nails- yellow nail syndrome Splinter haemorrhages-IE,vasculitis Koilonychia-iron def anaemia,fungal infection,raynauds Onycholysis-thyrotoxicosis,psoriasis Leuconychia-hypoalbuminemia Nailfold erythema-SLE Terry’s nails-CRF,cirrohis

Plummer wilson : 

Plummer wilson

psoriasis : 


Thank you. : 

Thank you.

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