Ascites on AXR

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones
X-ray

Bowel loops are displaced centrally (more evident on the right side). No gaseous dilatation. No evidence of perforation.

Case Discussion

A simple case of ascites. The loops of small bowel seen here are congregated within the middle of the abdomen as the fluid within the peritoneal cavity pushes them into the most dependent position: the center.

Ascites confirmed at ultrasound - not uploaded.

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Case information

rID: 7134
Published: 8th Sep 2009
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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