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NCLEX® Question of the Day: Percussion

Osmosis Team
Published on Nov 10, 2021. Updated on Nov 1, 2021.

Today's NCLEX-RN® question of the day focuses on percussion sounds.

Which is an expected finding during percussion over an adult client’s stomach?

A. Dullness

B. Flatness

C. Resonance

D. Tympany

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The correct answer to today's NCLEX-RN® Question is...

D.Tympany

Rationale: When the stomach is percussed, the gastric bubble produces tympany, a high-pitched, drum-like sound.

Main takeaway

Percussion produces sounds that will vary depending on the characteristics of the underlying tissue. When the stomach is percussed, the gastric bubble produces tympany, a high-pitched, drum-like sound. Dullness is a soft, muffled, thud-like tone heard when percussing over a solid body organ like the liver. Flatness is a soft, short tone heard when percussing over solid tissue like muscle and bone. Resonance is a low-pitched, hollow tone heard when percussing air-filled tissue like the lungs.

Osmosis illustration of a nurse inspecting adult client's stomach.

Incorrect answer explanations

A. Dullness

Rationale: Dullness is a soft, muffled, thud-like tone heard when percussing over a solid body organ like the liver.

B. Flatness

Rationale: Flatness is a soft, short tone heard when percussing over solid tissue like muscle and bones.

C. Resonance

Rationale: Resonance is a low-pitched, hollow tone heard when percussing air-filled tissue like the lungs.

References

Jarvis, C. (2020). Physical examination & health assessment (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

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