Small bowel faeces sign

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Acute abdomen after a history of constipation followed by enema.

Patient Data

Age: 76
Gender: Female

Presence of particulate faeculent material mingled with gas bubbles in the lumen of the small intestine. Free abdominal fluid and pneumoperitoneum are also present.

Case Discussion

The small bowel faeces sign can be observed on abdominal CT scans. It is a sign of decreased small bowel motility and has been described as a finding indicative of small bowel obstruction (SBO) or another severe small-bowel abnormality (e.g. metabolic or infectious disease). 

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Case information

rID: 14335
Published: 15th Jul 2011
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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