What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP)?

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Thomas E Green, DO, MPH, MMM, CPE, FACEP, FACOEP; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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If there is clinical suspicion of a perforated viscus, imaging should be strongly considered. Although plain radiographs (including abdominal flat plate, abdominal upright, and chest) may be obtained, CT scanning of the abdomen should be considered, as it is much more sensitive for a small perforation.

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