Small bowel feces sign
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Di Muzio B, Small bowel feces sign. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 31 Mar 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-14335
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15 Jul 2011
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Acute abdomen after a history of constipation followed by enema.
Age: 75 years
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Presence of particulate feculent material mingled with gas bubbles in the lumen of the small intestine. Free abdominal fluid and pneumoperitoneum are also present.
The small bowel feces 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).