Plain film diagnosis of the acute abdomen

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1985 Aug;3(3):541-62.

Abstract

Abdominal plain films are essential for accurate assessment of the acute abdomen. In many cases, they may confirm the presence of a perforated viscus, colonic obstruction, or other abnormality requiring immediate surgical intervention. Alternatively, they may suggest relatively benign disease and help avoid unnecessary operations in these patients. In either case, emergency room physicians should benefit greatly from a systematic approach to the plain film diagnosis of the acute abdomen.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen, Acute / diagnostic imaging*
  • Acute Disease
  • Appendicitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Cholecystitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Colonic Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Infarction / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestine, Small
  • Intestines / blood supply
  • Ischemia / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Megacolon, Toxic / diagnostic imaging
  • Mesenteric Vascular Occlusion / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumoperitoneum / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography