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My CT Scan shows I have mildly prominent air-filled loops in my small bowel. What does that mean?

My CT Scan shows I have mildly prominent air-filled loops in my small bowel. What does that mean?

It may or may not: Mean anything. What symptoms are you having? Why was the CT ordered? There is wide variability in the normal appearance of the small bowel with respect to diameter, air, and fluid. "Mildly prominent" is a description that is very non specific and doesn't mean much. For example, it could be normal, or it could be early bowel obstruction. Clinical context is the key, so talk to your doc about it ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Multiple prominent bowel loops - is CT scan the best option?

Multiple prominent bowel loops - is CT scan the best option?

Vague question: How do you know you have prominent bowel loops unless you had some imaging study to begin with. Ct scan is great for evaluation, but more info needed. ...Read more

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Ultrasound said I had an loop bowel but CT scan didn't show it up, I'm in content pain please help?

Ultrasound said I had an loop bowel but CT scan didn't show it up, I'm in content pain please help?

I'm not: Sure I understand the question. Did the ultrasound show a hernia that was not seen on CT? Otherwise, an ultrasound report might mention a loop of bowel that technically interferes with the scan, but is otherwise normal and wouldn't be mentioned on a CT report. ...Read more

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Ct/egd/c-scope reports neg for ibd but mention "several loops of unopacified bowel", antral erosions & prominent lymph aggregates. Alt diagnosis for wt loss, GI bleeds, fevers, severe ab pain, fatigue?

Ct/egd/c-scope reports neg for ibd but mention "several loops of unopacified bowel", antral erosions & prominent lymph aggregates. Alt diagnosis for wt loss, GI bleeds, fevers, severe ab pain, fatigue?

Need diagnosis: Egd wasn't negative as you have antral erosions. Unopacified bowelon ct is a non specific finding.
What did biospy show? Consider infectious disease evaluation.
Need further GI evaluation with pill cam or enteroscopy. ...Read more

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What does it mean on CT to have: "very little fat separating the loops of bowel." Just out of curiosity.?

What does it mean on CT to have: "very little fat separating the loops of bowel." Just out of curiosity.?

Little bowel fat: This indicates that your visceral fat is small quantity. Excess fat does wrap around bowel loops. So you likely are not carrying excess fat. ...Read more

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Interpret CT: mild thickening of distal sigmoid & rectal wall w/o adjacent fatty stranding. Loops of mild distended sm bowel w/o clear transition zone?

Interpret CT: mild thickening of distal sigmoid & rectal wall w/o adjacent fatty stranding. Loops of mild distended sm bowel w/o clear transition zone?

Diverticulosis: And possibly prior episode of diverticulitis could present this way. So too does infected segment or inflammation. The mild dilated small bowel in the current context is not as much of concern as the condition of the colon. Best discuss these findings with your doctor to put them into a good clinical picture. Good luck ...Read more

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What does "nonspecific bowel loop" mean? This was on my CT scan report

What does "nonspecific bowel loop" mean? This was on my CT scan report

Bowel loop appears: Non specific - meaning it does not suggest 1 disease over another. Typically, sometimes bowel loop appearance suggests obstruction, or perhaps ileus.

In this case, the bowel loop appearance does not suggest a particular disease. This result needs to be placed into context with your symptoms and other medical problems. Please talk about this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Male 3, does intermittent small bowel intussueption require Surgical exploration? It shows in one CT & not shown in second CT days later. Happen twice

Male 3, does intermittent small bowel intussueption require Surgical exploration? It shows in one CT & not shown in second CT days later. Happen twice

Concerning: Would want opinion of pediatric surgeon. Repeated intussusception certainly not normal. Mekel's diverticulum commonly associated with children and this condition. Link below with helpful info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/intussusception/basics/definition/con-20026823
Need to have discussion with pediatric surgeon esp if repeated episodes. Best of luck with this. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a CT tap show bowel cancer?

Please tell me, could a CT tap show bowel cancer?

Sometimes: I'm not sure what a "ct tap" is. I assume it's a typo for "ct scan". A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis can sometimes show bowel cancer, but often they can be difficult to detect, particularly in the large bowel (though this is improved with dedicated ct colonography, which increases detection of colon cancers though may not find other diseases as well as a standard ct). ...Read more

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Ct scan abd-abd w/o contrast states: oral contrast in small + large bowel loops, and I never had contrast in my life (no IV or oral), what else can it?

Ct scan abd-abd w/o contrast states: oral contrast in small + large bowel loops, and I never had contrast in my life (no IV or oral), what else can it?

You may have: Ingested a relatively radiopaque substance in the past couple of days (for example, Maalox or Pepto-Bismol), which showed up on the CT scan looking like oral contrast. ...Read more

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Can CT show images of perforated bowel abscesses large fluid collection with an air level, and be WRONG????

Can CT show images of perforated bowel abscesses large fluid collection with an air level, and be WRONG????

Unlikely: It is unlikely that a CT would be wrong. It is a very good test for assessing abscesses and an air/fluid level is an excellent indication of perforated bowel. It could however have been read incorrectly but most radiologists are expert in reading CT scans. You should ask for a second radiologist to read the CT if you suspect an error. ...Read more

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My CT scan shows 'diffuse symmetrical thickening of the wall of the distal rectum. Digital rectal exam recommended' worrisome? Bowel symptoms also.

My CT scan shows 'diffuse symmetrical thickening of the wall of the distal rectum. Digital rectal exam recommended' worrisome? Bowel symptoms also.

Talk to your doctor: Most likely you already have rectal exam, you don't have to worry as long as not on inner mucosal layer, cancers start from mucosa not from muscle wall, at 43 you will need not just digital exam, need complete visualization by colonoscopy, speak to your doctor ...Read more

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If CT shows perforated bowel, multiple air pockets, abscess's and large fluid collection in pelvic area, Can the CT be wrong?

If CT shows perforated bowel, multiple air pockets, abscess's and large fluid collection in pelvic area, Can the CT be wrong?

Unlikely: Dangerous set of circumstances!,
Get drained and diverted --- General surgery or possibly interventional radiology or both! Left or right colon perforation, or appendiceal abscess if on right. ...Read more

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Male 31, intermittent intussuception of small bowel, show on CT and does'nt on CT days later, happen twice, negative celiac and crohn, surgery need?

Talk to surgeon: It is not surprising that the CT may change from day to day given its intermittent nature. However this problem may recur at any time and at places where medical care may not be readily available and thus surgical correction may be a more prudent route. However you will need to discuss this issue with your GI doctor or surgeon re. The pros and cons. ...Read more

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What can a small bowel follow-through show that an abdominal CT scan cannot?

What can a small bowel follow-through show that an abdominal CT scan cannot?

Transit time: This exam demonstrates the small bowel in detail and demonstrates the time it takes for the barium to get through the bowel. This test can also demonstrate anomalies, fistulas, leaks and blockages. ...Read more

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CT SCAN ABD/PELVIS W/O CONTRAST:WHAT IT MEANS? BOWEL:ORAL CONTRAST IDENTIFIED IN SMALL AND LARGE BOWEL LOOPS. No intestinal abnormality, air or fluid.

CT SCAN ABD/PELVIS W/O CONTRAST:WHAT IT MEANS? BOWEL:ORAL CONTRAST IDENTIFIED IN SMALL AND LARGE BOWEL LOOPS. No intestinal abnormality, air or fluid.

CT interpretation: Are u sure you have not had any other contrast imaging study within a few days before this CT you mentioned? If not then the CT you had must have been with contrast. Never the less, it sound like you have had a normal result with contrast appropriately moving through the small bowel and colon. Good luck I hope you feel better ...Read more

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S/s- severe llq and pain, anorexia, &nausea. Ct showed dialated loops of bowel, non specific. Pain worse w bend/stretch. Severe constant now. Ideas?

S/s- severe llq and pain, anorexia, &nausea. Ct showed dialated loops of bowel, non specific. Pain worse w bend/stretch. Severe constant now. Ideas?

Abdominal pain: You should make an appointment to see a board certified general or colorectal surgeon. There are many reasons for those findings on ct scan. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 27 yr old f to have diverticular disease? CT shows several diverticular and remarkably thickened bowel. Could it also be colon Cancer

Is it normal for 27 yr old f to have diverticular disease? CT shows several diverticular and remarkably thickened bowel. Could it also be colon Cancer

Could be: Diverticular disease is seen in older patients ie over 60, but I have seen it in younger people. One of the theories on why people get diverticuli, or tiny pouches, in the colon, is the low fiber, high fat diet in the U.S. There may also be an inherited aspect. Thickened wall of the colon and diverticuli aren't associated with cancer, but it's reasonable to get a colonoscopy--talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a ct showing fluid and stool filled loops in small bowel and colon but w no abstruction or inflammation still indicate ileus?

Can a ct showing fluid and stool filled loops in small bowel and colon but w no abstruction or inflammation still indicate ileus?

Air fluid levels: Are a classic finding in obstruction. Too much stuff in the bowels and that pattern of collection implies nothing is moving. ...Read more

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Cystic lesion 6.3x4.0cm abuts small bowel. Located between bowl loops and splenic flexture. Is this cancer. Had CT scan for slight pain. No obstruct.

Cystic lesion 6.3x4.0cm abuts small bowel. Located between bowl loops and splenic flexture. Is this cancer. Had CT scan for slight pain. No obstruct.

Highly Unlikely: What you are describing sounds like a mesenteric cyst. Cancers can develop in these cysts, but the odds are probably "one in a million". Unfortunately, there's not much you can do with these other than excision, sometimes requiring removal of the adjacent intestine. Please see a surgeon with extensive laparoscopic experience--they can help you sort this out and decide if surgery is needed. ...Read more

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LRQ pain, nausea, mild fever. CT WO contrast show thickening bowel, transverse, sigmoid diverticula. Appendix normal. Where is this pain coming from?!

LRQ pain, nausea, mild fever. CT WO contrast show thickening bowel, transverse, sigmoid diverticula. Appendix normal. Where is this pain coming from?!

Other things: Where was bowel thickening? Thickening of bowel walls is often associated with inflammation/infection. Ovaries located in pelvis with cysts, inflammation and infection can also cause pain, particularly right ovary. Urinary system may be another source of pain, Consult your physician. ...Read more

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I'm very nasuas, have midline pain just above belly button. Went to ER, Had CT Scan, it said Fluid filled loops of small bowel are present. What's that?

I'm very nasuas, have midline pain just above belly button. Went to ER, Had CT Scan, it said Fluid filled loops of small bowel are present. What's that?

Several: Possibilities. Most worrisome would be a small bowel obstruction (they wouldn't have sent you home). More likely are either a viral intestinal infection or an ileus (temporary paralysis of the bowel muscles), either of which could cause your symptoms. Fortunately, both will go away on their own. Just stick to clear liquids until you feel better. If your symptoms worsen, return to the ER. ...Read more

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Whipple 8/15. Severe upper left abd pain, recurrent fever (103), & acute pancreatitis in past 3 weeks. CT says multiple non dilated small bowel loops in abd & pelvis - says gastroenteritis. Other possibilities? Drs gave no answer for recurrent fever.

Whipple 8/15. Severe upper left abd pain, recurrent fever (103), & acute pancreatitis in past 3 weeks. CT says multiple non dilated small bowel loops in abd & pelvis - says gastroenteritis. Other possibilities? Drs gave no answer for recurrent fever.

Fever: The intestinal loop pattern is nonspecific, in my opinion. I would be concerned about an intraabdominal abscess formation. I recommend that an abdominal surgeon be conducting your care with close collaboration of a gastroenterologist and a radiologist who can suggest other imaging studies likely to shed light on your case. An exploratory operation may be required, however if antibiotics don't help. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more