What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of omphalitis?

Updated: May 20, 2019
  • Author: Patrick G Gallagher, MD; Chief Editor: Santina A Zanelli, MD  more...
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The following imaging studies may be indicated:

  • Abdominal radiography may reveal intra-abdominal wall gas.

  • Ultrasonography may reveal fascial thickening and fluid accumulation between subcutaneous fat and muscle in cases with fascial involvement. It may also be useful in the detection of anatomic abnormalities.

  • Computed tomography scanning of the abdomen may determine the presence and extent of muscle and/or fascial involvement and potentially aid in detection of anatomic abnormalities.


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