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Clubbing Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Clubbing. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed clubbing of the fingers (increase in the soft tissue of the distal part of the fingers and toes)?
  2. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease can increase the risk of endocarditis; known cyanotic congenital heart disease; bronchiectasis; cystic fibrosis; Crohn's disease; Ulcerative colitis; Coeliac disease.

  3. Occupational or other exposure to asbestos?

    Why: may indicate asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma as cause of clubbing.

  4. Family history?

    Why: e.g. cystic fibrosis, cyanotic congenital heart disease, thyroid disorders, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis.

  5. Cigarette smoking

    Why: now and in the past? - increases the risk of lung cancer and increases the severity of asbestosis.

  6. Intravenous drug abuse?

    Why: increases risk of subacute endocarditis.

  7. Blueness of the tongue or lips?

    Why: determines presence of cyanosis and thus may suggest cyanotic congenital heart disease and pulmonary arteriovenous aneurysms.

  8. Cough or shortness of breath?

    Why: may suggest a lung condition such as bronchiectasis, chronic interstitial fibrosis, asbestosis, emphysema, lung cancer, lung abscess, cystic fibrosis or tuberculosis.

  9. Fever?

    Why: may suggest empyema (pus in the cavity enclosing the lungs), lung abscess, tuberculosis, subacute bacterial endocarditis.

  10. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

    Why: e.g. intolerance to heat, tremor, agitation, weight loss, increased appetite.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Clubbing:

The following list of conditions have 'Clubbing' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Clubbing:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Clubbing' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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