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Bruit (Definition)

Bruit refers to a sound, heard via a stethoscope, of blood when it flows through a narrowed opening. As blood flows through a narrow diameter within a vessel, the velocity of flow increases and also becomes more turbulent. The importance of this sound is that, if your doctor hears it, it can signify underlying atherosclerosis--i.e. Build-up ...Read more


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What do bruits in the abdomen indicate?

What do bruits in the abdomen indicate?

Medical management: A "bruit" is noise transmitted from turbulent flow. A common cause of a bruit is atherosclerosis but a fair number of healthy people can have a benign bruit due to turbulent flow. A few tests - ultrasound, ankle brachial index can establish if there is atherosclerosis. If you do have atherosclerosis, medical management, no smoking is key. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colonscopy and abdomen ultra sound?

What is the difference between colonscopy and abdomen ultra sound?

Seeing inside or out: Colonoscopy sees the inside of your colon, an us shows the architecture of the organs (usually the solid organs) from its surface. ...Read more

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Please answer! What kinds of food/meals can I eat/make before an abdomen ultra sound?

Please answer! What kinds of food/meals can I eat/make before an abdomen ultra sound?

Don't eat: You should not eat anything for about 4-6 hours before an abdominal ultrasound. The food material and extra gas can obscure structures being evaluated, especially pancreas. ...Read more

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When I tap on the left side if my upper abdomen, it sounds very hollow, as well as being painful.

When I tap on the left side if my upper abdomen, it sounds very hollow, as well as being painful.

Check it out: The most common cause of a hollow sound if you tap up there on the left would probably be air in the stomach, which is natural. But it's not normal that would hurt. Go see a doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing lower right abdominal region discomfort for months and when I press it it sounds and disappear?

I am experiencing lower right abdominal region discomfort for months and when I press it it sounds and disappear?

Could it be gas, or?: Causes of recurrent abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: in women: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniation? Stressors? Other risks? ...Read more

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My abdomen makes sounds all the day, with feeling of discomfort, way too much gases, and I realized when im stressed (exams, lectures)more gases and sound?

My abdomen makes sounds all the day, with feeling of discomfort, way too much gases, and I realized when im stressed (exams, lectures)more gases and sound?

Possible IBS: You may have a type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is truly a diagnosis of exclusion, but your symptoms may be related to some spasms that can cause gas, bloating, bowel sounds, etc. See a GI dr. And get an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is a bruit and what does it sound like?

A coarse souncd oved: Due to increased flow or turbulent flow due to a blockage. ...Read more

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Can bruits change their sound as time passes?

Yes: Bruits can change their sound depending on the degree of blockage. In the carotid arteries, for example, as a blockage is almost complete (> 90%), the bruit actually goes away! This is why a bruit is not the best way to evaluate someone for carotid disease. An ultrasound is much more accurate! ...Read more

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What test in done for a abdominal bruit?

What test in done for a abdominal bruit?

Doppler: Doppler study, which is an ultrasound test will be done for the evaluation of abdominal bruits. ...Read more

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Why I hear sounds coming out of my abdomen?

Why I hear sounds coming out of my abdomen?

Abdominal sounds: Your stomach may growl when you're hungry. Also your intestines make sounds as food is moving through. They are hollow, and these sounds can echo through your abdomen like the sounds you hear from water pipes. Most of these are normal signs that your GI system is working. Lack of sounds heard at least by stethoscope is more worrisome. Talk with your doctor if concerned about this. ...Read more

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What could cause unusually loud abdominal sounds for almost a month now?

Likely not serious: It's more likely from too much gas in your intestines from gas produced by the food/drink that you ingest e.g.Gas-producing veggies/ fruits, caffeine or soda etc.
If you have other complaints like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, bloody stool etc, go see your dr for an accurate dx.
Take care! ...Read more

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The dr said he heard abdominal bruit. What is this and can it be life threating?

The dr said he heard abdominal bruit. What is this and can it be life threating?

Bruits are turbulent: 42 y/o female says Dr heard abdominal bruit, asks if life threatening? Bruits are turbulent flow over narrowed/blocked Artery usually caused by hardening/clogging of artery by Arteriosclerosis or dislodged particles (emboli) in the blood stream. Some are life threatening while others are not. Abdominal Aorta bruit usually at point of dilation of the medial tunica tearing away from clogged intima ...Read more

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22 and thin, nonsmoker. Dr found an abdominal aortic bruit today. She didn't seem concerned, should I be?

22 and thin, nonsmoker. Dr found an abdominal aortic bruit today. She didn't seem concerned, should I be?

Likely flow: Due to thin body habitu├ęs but a vascular ultrasound may be in order...Wouldn't worry until more information obtained. ...Read more

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I hear rumbling sounds below my abdomen and pelvic area often. There are no other symptoms. Anything possibly wrong?

I hear rumbling sounds below my abdomen and pelvic area often. There are no other symptoms. Anything possibly wrong?

NO: Normal variant many people have loud borborgmy after meals. Unless it is accompanied by pain or cramp this is not something to be concerned about ...Read more

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I'm having a complete abdominal ultra sound tomorrow could you tell me if my female organs will be looked at in this test?

I'm having a complete abdominal ultra sound tomorrow could you tell me if my female organs will be looked at in this test?

Not necessarily: Usually the request to look at the female organs is done with a "pelvic" ultrasound. So if you want the pelvic organs looked at be sure they specify abdominal and pelvic ultrasound otherwise the pelvic (female) organs may not be fully visualized. ...Read more

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Bruit heard in both sides of cartiod arteries and abdomen, should I be concerned? Dr said no worries just being safe with echo!

Bruit heard in both sides of cartiod arteries and abdomen, should I be concerned? Dr said no worries just being safe with echo!

Yes and no: First step is for you to have the ultrasound of your neck, to determine if there is a partial blockage of the carotid arteries. Generally if you have less 50% blockage (stenosis), you do Not need surgery! Just need to continue to monitor and control your cholesterol to prevent further blockage.
For your abdomen, the ultrasound will help determine if you have an "abdominal aortic aneurysm." ...Read more

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Got hit by my liver/rib area by accident a few hours ago and it hurts a little, im experiencing slight pain by navel\center abdomen, sound serious?

Got hit by my liver/rib area by accident a few hours ago and it hurts a little, im experiencing slight pain by navel\center abdomen, sound serious?

If "slight" no!: If your pain or loacal tenderness is "slight" not to worry. If the area is very sensitive or hurts when you breathe better get it check out. A fractures rib in that area can hurt the liver!
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the treatment for abdominal bruit? Is it surgery?

Bruit: A bruit is a noise heard usually by stethoscope, caused by noisy blood flow in a vessel. We look for the cause of the bruit and if there is something which needs to be dealt with causing it, we act. Some things need surgery, many don't; ask your doctor what's the story. ...Read more

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When I press my lower abdomen there is a liquidy, bubbling sound is this normal?

When I press my lower abdomen there is a liquidy, bubbling sound is this normal?

Normal: A full stomach and intestines may have a gurgling sound upon pressure. ...Read more

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Hard ball in the center of abdomen pain and moving around. What does this sound like?

Maybe a hernia.: Your description is not clear. Skin lesions are very superficial, there are fat tumors that could grow under the skin. Hernias come a little deeper through the muscle layer. And inside the abdominal cavity there are multiple organs many of which could have abnormalities that hurt or feel like a ball. Suggest a visit to your pcp. Hope is helps. ...Read more

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I have sounds produced from abdomen and salivation during sleep what is cause and treatment?

I have sounds produced from abdomen and salivation during sleep what is cause and treatment?

Living LIfe: I do not understand the question. Your body is still living when you are sleeping. I do not see any medical condition or health concerns in your question. Am I missing something? ...Read more

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Can I have an abdominal ultra sound with a lot of gas? Or does the gas affect the imaging?

Can I have an abdominal ultra sound with a lot of gas? Or does the gas affect the imaging?

Ultrasound: Is definitely less effective when there is gas in the bowel because the gas effectively blocks the sound beam. That is why abdominal ultrasound studies should be performed after prolonged (8 hours) of fasting whenever possible. Also, no smoking or chewing gum during that time as these cause air to be swallowed. Fasting also allows the gallbladder to distend with bile, improving its assessment. ...Read more