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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Yazan Daaboul, M.D.

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Abdominal X-ray may be required for patients suspected to have toxic megacolon. Signs on abdominal x-ray that may be suggestive of toxic megacolon include enlarged, dilated colon > 6-7 cm, loss of colonic haustrations, small intestinal dilation, presence of air-fluid levels, or submucosal edema with thumbprinting.

Abdominal X-Ray

Abdominal X-ray may be required for patients suspected to have toxic megacolon. The following findings on abdominal x ray may be suggestive of toxic megacolon:

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