Which physical findings are characteristic of acute duodenal obstruction?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018
  • Author: Denis D Bensard, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Abdominal distention and gastric waves may be present.

  • Passage of meconium or stool can be present.

  • These patients usually do not have signs of peritonitis or shock, unless volvulus is also present distal to the obstruction.


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