Physical Examination of the Abdominal Wall by the Speech-Language Pathologist A protocol is presented for use by the speech-language pathologist in conducting a physical examination of the abdominal wall. Structural and performance observations are used to reveal the nature and degree of possible abdominal wall dysfunction. A worksheet is offered to guide the examiner. ... Clinical Focus
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Physical Examination of the Abdominal Wall by the Speech-Language Pathologist
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Thomas J. Hixon
    National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, The University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Jeannette D. Hoit
    National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, The University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Contact author: Thomas J. Hixon, PhD, National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Speech and Hearing Sciences Building, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.
    Contact author: Thomas J. Hixon, PhD, National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Speech and Hearing Sciences Building, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   November 01, 1999
Physical Examination of the Abdominal Wall by the Speech-Language Pathologist
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 1999, Vol. 8, 335-346. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0804.335
History: Received May 7, 1999 , Accepted September 29, 1999
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 1999, Vol. 8, 335-346. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0804.335
History: Received May 7, 1999; Accepted September 29, 1999

A protocol is presented for use by the speech-language pathologist in conducting a physical examination of the abdominal wall. Structural and performance observations are used to reveal the nature and degree of possible abdominal wall dysfunction. A worksheet is offered to guide the examiner.

Acknowledgment
This work was supported, in part, by National Multipurpose Research and Training Center Grant DC-01409 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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