What is the role of ultrasonography in the evaluation of ascites and cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A fluid wave may be elicited in patients with massive tense ascites. However, physical examination findings are much less sensitive than abdominal ultrasonography, which can detect as little as 30 mL of fluid. Furthermore, ultrasonography with Doppler can help to assess the patency of hepatic vessels.


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