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Case 1 - Bowel Loops

FLUID FILLED BOWEL LOOPS

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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.

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Loops of fluid filled bowel
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