Signs
 

Fluid Wave

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Overview

    • How to Elicit

    • Ask the patient or an assistant to apply pressure using the ulnar surface of their hand to the midline of the abdomen. Place the fingertips of one hand along the left flank and with the other hand firmly palpate the opposite flank.
    • Interpretation

    • Ascites is present if a fluid wave is felt on the opposite side of the abdomen.
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