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Diagnostic Tests for Clubbing

Diagnostic Test list for Clubbing:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Clubbing includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect fingernails and toenails from the side to determine if there is true clubbing i.e. a loss of the angle between the nail bed and the finger. A subtle sign may be an increased in sponginess of the proximal nail bed
    • Temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure
    • Heart and lung examination to detect any signs of cardiac or respiratory disease
    • Examine for thyroid enlargement
    • Examine for signs of chronic liver disease
  • Blood tests
  • Sputum microscopy and culture - if there is a fever.
  • Sputum cytology - if suspect lung cancer.
  • Radiological investigations
    • Upper GI series, barium meal and a barium enema will identify most gastrointestinal disorders e.g. ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, esophageal disease
    • Liver ultrasound scan to diagnose cirrhosis
    • CT scan of chest may be used to diagnose bronchiectasis
  • Cardiac catheterization - may be required to diagnose cyanotic congenital heart disease.
  • Angiocardiography - be required to diagnose cyanotic congenital heart disease.
  • Bronchoscopy - may be required to diagnose lung cancer.
  • Thoracentesis (aspiration of fluid from the cavity surrounding the lungs) - may be required to diagnose empyema.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Clubbing causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Clubbing:

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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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