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Abdominal girth

  • Definition

    Abdominal girth is the measurement of the distance around the abdomen at a specific point, usually at the level of the belly button (navel). Measuring abdominal girth is used to diagnose and monitor the following:

    • Buildup of fluid in the abdomen, most often caused by liver failure or heart failure
    • Obesity
    • Buildup of intestinal gas, most often caused by blockage or obstruction in the intestines