Erroneous diagnosis of distal intestinal obstruction syndrome in cystic fibrosis: clinical impact of abdominal ultrasonography

Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 1995 Mar;7(3):279-81.


Objective: To describe the use of abdominal ultrasonography in the differential diagnosis of distal intestinal obstruction syndrome (DIOS).

Design: Four case reports.

Setting: Adult cystic fibrosis centre (140 patients).

Patients: Four cystic fibrosis patients presenting over 18 months with clinical symptoms suggestive of a DIOS which could not be substantiated.

Outcome: In all cases abdominal ultrasound was valuable in making a diagnosis.

Conclusion: Abdominal ultrasound is a useful diagnostic tool for differentiating a DIOS from other abdominal conditions.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / complications
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnosis*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestines / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Ultrasonography