Which physical findings suggests ascites?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Ascites is suggested by the presence of the following findings upon physical examination:

  • Abdominal distention

  • Bulging flanks

  • Shifting dullness

  • Elicitation of a "puddle sign" with patients in the knee-elbow position

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