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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Auscultation / methods*
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Female
  • Hip Fractures / diagnosis*
  • Hip Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Percussion / methods*
  • Physical Examination / methods
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prospective Studies
  • Reference Values
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Singapore
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods