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 7/11/2019
Updated by: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.