A nurse assesses a client with the diagnosis of an intestinal obstruction in the descending colon. when auscultating the midabdomen, the nurse expects to hear:


The nurse should expect to hear borborygmi or borborygmus. This is also known as stomach rumble. It is a rumbling sound made by the movement of the gastro-intestinal tract. In other words, the fluid and gas moves forward in the intestines.

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