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Triage ultrasound on a patient with distention and pain

These ultrasound images were obtained by a physician in triage.  She used ultrasound to rapidly made a diagonsis and facilitate appropriate work up and disposition of an elderly patient with abdominal pain and distention. Can you make the diagnosis? 

Dilated loops

Check out this video to learn more about the case.

Keep up the great ultrasound scanning! 

Want to learn more?

Jang TB, Schindler D, Kaji AH. Bedside ultrasonography for the detection of small bowel obstruction in the emergency department. Emergency medicine journal : EMJ. 28(8):676-8. 2011. . 


Brad Wallace MD

Ultrasound Fellow

Department of Emergency Medicine

Emory University SOM