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Double Bubble on Abdominal X-ray

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Double Bubble on Abdominal X-ray

Elliot K. Fishman, MD
Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Body CT, Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins
Karen M. Horton, MD
Professor and Interim Chair, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins
 
 

Abdominal x-ray in a newborn demonstrates air distention of the duodenum and stomach. This is known as the “double bubble” sign and is characteristic of duodenal obstruction in the newborn.