The “6 F’s” of a Distended Abdomen

When we see someone with a distended, bulging abdomen, we use the mnemonic “6-F’s” to remind us of the possible causes. Those are:

Fluid — Ascites, from liver cirrhosis or other causes.

Feces — Severe constipation

Flatus — Gas, from an obstructed bowel

Fat — The person is simply obese

Fetus — Pregnancy

Fatal Masses — i.e. a cancer

Were you able to guess any?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: