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Percussion is a technique whereby a vet seeks to determine the presence and amount of fluid versus air or gas in various body cavities.

This diagnostic is performed by tapping on certain anatomical areas while listening to whether these areas sound “hollow” or not. Examples include percussion of the air-filled sinuses in the head, or gas-filled segments of the intestine in horses with intestinal conditions.

The effectiveness of this diagnostic directly relates to the vet’s experience.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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