09/05/2011 - Does this patient have ascites? How to divine fluid in the abdomen

posted Oct 10, 2011, 1:27 PM by Chief Resident   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 1:27 PM by David de Gijsel ]
We'll read the attached paper on the physical exam of ascites.

We picked the paper as an introduction to the excellent JAMA series The Rational Clinical Exam. It should help you realize the importance and power of physical findings in your everyday practice; detecting ascites is one of the remaining clinical dilemma's that might have immediate consequences for the management of your patient yet the confirmatory test (ultrasound) is not always readily available.