Auenbrugger Bone sign (more commonly known as Heuter sign) may be used to define the presence of upper limb fracture or dislocation via osteophony.
- Each olecranon is tapped whilst listening over the manubrium with the bell of the stethoscope.
- Intact bone gives a bright, crisp tapping sound to percussion with equal sound transmission to each side
- If osteophony reveals a muffled or distant quality to the sound, this suggests a humeral fracture or glenohumeral dislocation.
- Josef Leopold Auenbrugger von Auenbrugg (1722 – 1809)
- Juhn B. Auenbrugger’s sign. Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift. 1961; 111: 259.
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- Simth JJ. The Inventum Novum of Joseph Leopold Auenbrugger. Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. 1962; 38(10): 691–701
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