Stepladder sign (small bowel obstruction)

Dr Ian Bickle and Dr Bruno Di Muzio et al.

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

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

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