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Singapore Med J. 2002 Sep;43(9):467-9.

Use of percussion as a screening tool in the diagnosis of occult hip fractures.

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Accident & Emergency Department, Changi General Hospital, 2 Simei Street 3, Singapore 529889.


Traumatic hip pain is a common clinical problem in the emergency department. There is significant morbidity in discharging a patient with an undiagnosed undisplaced hip fracture. The auscultatory percussion technique is a useful method to risk stratify patients who present with traumatic hip pain and with normal radiographs. We sought to study the sensitivity and specificity of the auscultatory percussion technique in a prospective study.

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