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During a physical exam, a health professional looks at, listens to, and touches or gently presses on (palpates) the body. This exam helps the health professional determine the cause of symptoms, what other conditions may be present, and what medical tests may be needed. During a physical exam, the health professional may:
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Catherine D. Serio PhD - Behavioral Health & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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