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Abdominal girth

Abdominal girth is the measurement of the distance around the abdomen at a specific point. Measurement is most often made at the level of the belly button (navel). Abdominal girth is used to diagnose and monitor the following:

References

Kumar RB, Aronne LJ. Obesity. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease: Pathophysiology/Diagnosis/Management. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 7.

Martin P. Approach to the patient with liver disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 137.

  • Abdominal girth measurement

    Abdominal girth measurement - illustration

    The measurement of the abdominal girth may be helpful in evaluating central adiposity. Central obesity (“apple shaped” body type) is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome.

    Abdominal girth measurement

    illustration

    • Abdominal girth measurement

      Abdominal girth measurement - illustration

      The measurement of the abdominal girth may be helpful in evaluating central adiposity. Central obesity (“apple shaped” body type) is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome.

      Abdominal girth measurement

      illustration


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