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The stepladder sign is a sonographic sign indicating an intra-capsular breast implant rupture. It is considered the most reliable ultrasonographic finding in silicone gel breast implant intra-capsular rupture. It is identified as multiple, discontinuous, parallel, linear echoes in the lumen, and is analogous to the linguine sign at MRI.
The step ladder sign is also used to describe the air-fluid levels in obstructed small bowel on erect abdominal radiograph.