Definition of "Fluid thrill test"

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Fluid thrill test is a test for ascites. Pt pushes their hands down on the midline of the abdomen. Examiner taps one flank, while feeling the other flank for the tap. Pressure on the midline prevents vibrations through the abdominal wall, whilst the fluid allows the tap to be felt on the other side.

The test is less sensitive than shifting dullness, and is only positive in massive ascites.

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