Auenbrugger Bone Sign


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.
Heuter sign Auenbrugger Bone Sign

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