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Clinical examination of the gastrointestinal system

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Clinical examination of the abdomen involves consideration of all the intra-abdominal structures, notably the stomach, duodenum, small and large bowel, liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and aorta.

There are a large number of different structures within a relatively small cavity, all susceptible to disease or malfunction and capable of producing symptoms. Therefore, it is not surprising that the diagnosis of abdominal complaints can be extremely challenging.

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