Small bowel faeces sign

Case contributed by Dr Erik Ranschaert


Abdominal complaints. The urologist requested an abdominal CT to exclude urolithiasis.

Patient Data

Age: 47Y
Gender: Male

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Case Discussion

The small bowel faeces sign is a useful adjunct to other more traditional signs of small bowel obstruction (SBO), particularly in patients with low-grade or intermittent obstruction. It is the result of delayed intestinal transit and is believed to be caused by incompletely digested food, bacterial overgrowth or increased water absorption of the distal small bowel contents. Many patients demonstrating this radiologic feature require hospitalisation and even surgical intervention.

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Case information

rID: 12362
Published: 15th Nov 2010
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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