SNOMED CT Clinical finding

Concepts in this hierarchy represent the result of a clinical observation, assessment or judgment, and include both normal and abnormal clinical states.

Examples of Clinical finding concepts: 

  • Clear sputum (finding)
  • Normal breath sounds (finding)
  • Poor posture (finding)


The Clinical finding hierarchy contains the sub-hierarchy of Disease. Concepts that are descendants of Disease (or disorder) are always and necessarily abnormal clinical states. Multi-axial subtype hierarchies allow disease to be subtypes of other disorders as well as subtypes of findings. 

Examples of Disease concepts: 

  • Tuberculosis (disorder)
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (disorder) 
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