Stepladder sign (small bowel obstruction)

Dr Yair Glick and Dr Bruno Di Muzio et al.

Stepladder sign represents the appearance of distended small bowel loops with gas-fluid levels 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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