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When a black olive kernel causes SBO: first comparison of CT acquisition
  1. Halil Yildiz1,
  2. Olivier Dewit2,
  3. Etienne Danse3
  1. 1Department of Medecine Interne, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Bruxelles, Belgium
  2. 2Department of Gastroenterology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Bruxelles, Belgium
  3. 3Department of Radiology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Bruxelles, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr Halil Yildiz, Halil.yildiz{at}, h_tur.bel{at}

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A man aged 24 years presented with acute abdominal pain since 2 days. His past medical history was unremarkable. On physical examination, the abdomen was tender, soft and tympanic to percussion, with absent bowel sounds. CT of the abdomen revealed imaging signs indicating mechanical small bowel obstruction (SBO) related to ileal wall thickening (figure 1A) and to the presence of an alimentary fragment (an olive with its stone, one of the favourite foods of the patient) (figure 1A …

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