Alternate Names : Paralytic ileus, Intestinal volvulus, Bowel obstruction, Ileus, Pseudo-obstruction - intestinal, Colonic ileus
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Small bowel obstruction - x-ray
X-rays of the abdomen are important in diagnosing the presence of small bowel obstruction. When obstruction occurs, both fluid and gas collect in the intestine. They produce a characteristic pattern called "air-fluid levels". The air rises above the fluid and there is a flat surface at the "air-fluid" interface.
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