OverviewThe measurement of the abdominal girth may be helpful in diagnosing abdominal distention, which commonly results from intestinal gas. Increased abdominal girth may also indicate disease of the intestines or liver.
Update Date 10/14/2013
Updated by: George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.