Apr 6, 2014
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A sign obtained from collections of fluid by laying the fingers of one hand upon one side of the swelling, and, with those of the other, tapping or pressing suddenly on a distant point of the swelling. The ‘thrill’ communicated from one hand to the other through the fluid is one of the most important signs of the presence of an ABSCESS, or of effusion of fluid into joints or into the peritoneal cavity (see PERITONEUM).

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