The measurement of the abdominal girth may be helpful in diagnosing abdominal distention, which commonly results from intestinal gas or fluid. Increased abdominal girth may also indicate disease of the intestines or liver.
Review Date 8/14/2015
Updated by: Subodh K. Lal, MD, gastroenterologist at Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia, Austell, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team