Diagnostic Highlights

Test

Normal Result

Abnormality with Condition

Explanation

Abdominal x-ray

Water-soluble contrast enema

Normal abdominal structures

Normal abdominal structures

Distended loops of bowel; may have a ladder-like pattern with air-fluid levels

Blockage of lumen of bowel

Identifies blockage of lumen of bowel with distal passage of fluid and air (partial) or complete obstruction Identifies site and severity of colonic obstruction

Other Tests: Complete blood count, serum electrolytes, blood urea nitrogen, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan, abdominal ultrasound.

526 intestinal Obstruction

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