This is a case report of an acute small bowel obstruction in a 17-month-old girl with no significant past medical history. Computerized tomography (CT) of the abdomen demonstrated complete obstruction at the proximal jejunum as well as perplexing dilation and air-fluid levels within the distal jejunum beyond the initial obstruction. Imaging demonstrated no evidence of malrotation, volvulus, or intussusception, but a clear diagnosis was not evident. Exploratory laparotomy was performed and multiple foreign bodies that appeared to be rubber balls were found within the small bowel. This case study identifies important clinical and radiologic considerations when assessing infants for small bowel obstruction.
- Computerized tomography
- Foreign bodies
- Small bowel obstruction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health