A 52-year-old female asked:
can ascites and belly fat be differentiated just by physical examination, without ultrasound? is ascites hard or soft?
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Dr. Deborah Josefson answered
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: ascites is a collection of peritineal fluid and can be detected by a physical exam and tapping out the belly. It is often associated with liver disease increased venous pressure and malignancies. Fat can easily be distinguished from ascites. If there is a large collection of peritoneal fluid it can be tense and appear to be hard but it itself is liquid.
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
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