Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
False Elevation of Volume Determined by Bladder Scanner Secondary to Bowel Obstruction
- Author(s): Schowalter, Sean
- Altawil, Zaid
- Schechter-Perkins, Elissa M.
- Pare, Joseph R.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2019.12.45103
Bladder scanners allow for quick determination of bladder volumes (BV) with minimal training. BV measured by a machine is generally accurate; however, circumstances exist in which falsely elevated BVs are reported. This case details a patient with a significant small bowel obstruction (SBO) due to superior mesenteric artery syndrome causing a falsely elevated BV. We believe this is the first case report of a SBO causing an elevated BV by bladder scanner. Emergency physicians should be aware of the pitfalls of using bladder scanners, and use their point-of-care ultrasound skills when possible to expand their differential.