be distended

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A surgical review confirmed him to be distended, tympanic, with upper abdominal tenderness and scanty bowel sounds.
On re-inspection of the abdominal cavity no evidence of visceral injury was seen however the small bowel was noted to be distended and hypermotile with markedly increased visible peristalsis.
Cystoscopy under general anesthesia is preferable for an accurate diagnosis of IC because it allows the bladder to be distended sufficiently to see the hemorrhages or ulcers on the bladder wall that might be missed if the procedure is done under local anesthesia in the doctor's office.