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Ileus - x-ray of bowel distension

Ileus - X-ray of bowel distension

Overview

This abdominal x-ray shows thickening of the bowel wall and swelling (distention) caused by a blockage (obstruction) in the intestines. A solution containing a dye (barium), which is visible on X-ray, was swallowed by the patient (the procedure is known as an upper GI series).

Update Date 8/11/2014