Small bowel feces sign

What is the small bowel feces sign?

The “small bowel feces” sign is due to the mixture of particulate debris and gas bubbles within the small bowel lumen, mimicking the appearance of fecal material that is normally encountered in the large bowel. It is due to incompletely digested food, bacterial overgrowth, and/or increased water absorption secondary to stasis. This finding generally indicates presence of a small bowel obstruction and is typically encountered just proximal to the site of obstruction


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