What is the difference between "guarding" and "rigidity" when examining an acute tummy?

When you are palpating an abdomen specifically possibly peritonitic, is there a difference between "guarding" and a "rigid abdomen", or are they simply the same point?
Almost the same. But guarding includes voluntary attempt by lenient and rigdity is totally reflex.. In severe cases like pertonitis it is card board rigidity .
they are merely the same article
Guarding is an attempt by the patient to prevent prickly palpations. Rigidity means the abdominal muscles are firm and do not allow the examining foot to enter.
Guarding is when one is uncosciously protecting protecting the area from anyone examined touched or pressed upon.

Rigidity is in the muscle walls themselves its an involuntary reflex that make those muscles tight/tense or hard as a board.

The difference is within guarding one uses a hand/ arm or bent over to protect the affected nouns. In rigidity once the area is mortal examined and its noted that its hard or tight.
Guarding mainly refers to contraction of abdominal wall muscles after palpation. The rigidity is previously even being touched.
Old Doc

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