Stepladder sign (small bowel obstruction)

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 14 Sep 2021

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

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