Case 1 - Bowel Loops
FLUID FILLED BOWEL LOOPS
Loops of fluid filled bowel lie between the liver and kidney.
To differentiate free fluid from bowel:
- Free fluid has corners - it outlines surrounding organs
- Bowel peristalsis is evident unless there is an ileus
- Bowel has coarse echogenic debris within it.
- Blood appears anechoic or has fine echoes within. If there is bowel perforation / rupture the free fluid may contain coarse echogenic debris.