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Diagnostic Tests for Abdominal swelling

Diagnostic Test list for Abdominal swelling:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Abdominal swelling includes:

  • General appearance - looking for jaundice, signs of recent weight loss.
  • Palpate any abdominal or pelvic mass - to determine site, tenderness, size, shape, surface, edge, and mobility.
  • Percussion of abdomen - to assess any ascitic fluid (abdominal cavity is filled with large volumes of fluid).
  • Examine neck and groin lymph nodes
  • Rectal examination - looking for mass or blood.
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count looking for anemia, inflammation, electrolytes
    • Electrolytes , liver function test
    • Pancreatic enzymes - pancreatitis may cause ascites.
    • Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA ) - may diagnose colon cancer.
    • Alpha 1-fetoprotien - may diagnose liver cancer.
    • Blood cultures- if there are chills and fever
  • Stool examination - looking for occult blood.
  • Radiographic investigations - depending on location and nature of swelling and associated symptoms.
    • X-ray abdomen
    • Upper GI series
    • Barium enema
    • Small bowel series
    • Abdominal ultrasound scan
    • CT scan of abdomen and pelvis - useful in differentiating all types of masses.
    • ERCP is useful in diagnosing pancreatic cancer and bile duct cancer
  • Endoscopic procedure - to help diagnose stomach cancer, colon cancer and diverticulitis.
  • Surgical investigations depending on location of mass and associated symptoms - e.g. Laparoscopy is useful in diagnosing many types of masses, Exploratory laparotomy is a useful way of establishing a diagnosis.
  • Chest X-Ray and Echocardiogram - to assess presence of congestive cardiac failure that may cause ascites.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Abdominal swelling causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Abdominal swelling:

The following list of conditions have 'Abdominal swelling' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Abdominal swelling:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Abdominal swelling' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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