Symphysis Pain Palpation Test

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The patient lies supine. The integral front side of the pubic symphysis is palpated softly.

If the pain caused by the palpation remains for more than 5 seconds after the examiner removes his hand, it is considered as pain.

It is considered as tenderness when the pain disappears within 5 seconds.


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