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Carnett's test

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Pain of intra-abdominal origin with likely source in abdominal wall. Head raise, tenderness persists in abdominal wall condition (rectus hematoma) whereas pain due to intraperitoneal disease lessens. An important clinical sign that can distinguish between an anterior abdominal wall mass/pain and that which is coming from the intraperitoneal cavity.

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  • J. B. Carnett:
    Intercostal neuralgia as a cause of abdominal pain and tenderness.
    Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Chicago, 1926, 42: 625-632.

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