Gasless abdomen

A gasless abdomen refers to a paucity of gas on abdominal radiography, and the specific cause can usually be identified when the patient's history is known. Common causes include:

  • small bowel obstruction
  • bowel ischemia
  • congenital atresia
  • ascites
  • pancreatitis
  • gastroenteritis
  • large abdominal mass - due to displacement
  • post surgery following total colectomy, esophagogastrectomy, gastrectomy, and low anterior resection
  • a paucity of small bowel gas may be a normal finding in some adults
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rID: 26920
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Differential diagnosis of a gasless abdomen
  • Paucity of gas on abdominal radiograph

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  • Case 1: gas-less right side of abdomen
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