Fluid wave test
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|Fluid wave test|
|Assessing for a fluid wave. |
(Image courtesy of Charlie Goldberg, M.D., UCSD School of Medicine and VA Medical Center, San Diego, California)
Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. 
In medicine, the fluid wave test is a test for ascites. It is performed by having the patient push their hands down on the midline of the abdomen. The examiner then taps one flank, while feeling on the other flank for the tap. Fluid allows the tap to be felt on the other side.
- Bickley & Szilagyi. Bate's Guide to physical examination and history taking. 2003.