What should be included in exam of the organ systems in patients with obesity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Examination of organ systems should include the following:

  • Cutaneous - Search for intertriginous rashes from skin-on-skin friction; also search for hirsutism in women, acanthosis nigricans, and skin tags, which are common with insulin resistance secondary to obesity

  • Cardiac and respiratory - Exclude cardiomegaly and respiratory insufficiency

  • Abdominal - Attempt to exclude tender hepatomegaly, which may suggest hepatic fatty infiltration or NASH, and distinguish the striae distensae from the pink and broad striae that suggest cortisol excess


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