Stepladder sign (small bowel obstruction)

Stepladder sign represents the appearance of gas-fluid distended small bowel loops that appear to be stacked on top of each other, typically observed on erect abdominal radiographs in the setting of small bowel obstruction

Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 48704
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Step-ladder sign (small bowel obstruction)

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