What are the signs of intestinal ischemia that should be checked in the physical exam for small-bowel obstruction (SBO)?

Updated: Apr 28, 2017
  • Author: Mityanand Ramnarine, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Check for signs commonly believed to be more diagnostic of intestinal ischemia, including the following:

  • Fever (temperature >100°F)

  • Tachycardia (>100 beats/min)

  • Peritoneal signs (guarding, rigid abdomen, rebound tenderness, pain out of proportion to the examination)


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