Hungarian Radiology

[CT enteroclysis in small bowel Crohn’s disease]

TÓTH Géza, MAGYAR Péter

JUNE 20, 2006

Hungarian Radiology - 2006;80(03-04)

[PURPOSE - The aim of this paper is to demonstrate morphological changes of Crohn’s disease observed by CT enteroclysis and also to evaluate the role of the method in the diagnosis and the follow up of patients with known or suspected Crohn’s disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS - We evaluated retrospectively 50 typical cases who were examined earlier. Crohns’s disease was diagnosed in 42 patients before CT enteroclysis. Histological confirmation was available in 36 cases after colonoscopy and in six cases after surgery. In eight patients had a high suspicion of the disease, histological examination was not performed. CT enteroclysis findings were read by two radiologist independently and results were compared. RESULTS - CT enteroclysis showed typical signs of Crohn’s disease in all patients. Different degree of wall thickening was seen in all cases, pathological enhancement of small bowel wall (in cases 35), multilayered appearance (n=29), fibrofatty proliferation (n=33), enlarged lymph nodes (n=37), entero-enteric fistula (n=6), entero-cutan fistula n (=5), mesenteric abscess (n=5) was found. CONCLUSION - CT enteroclysis is an accurate method to detect mural and extramural abnormalities in patients with Crohn’s disease. CT enteroclysis proved highly accurate in detecting small bowel involvement and it also provides an estimation of clinical activity of the disease. CT enetroclysis can be considered as the first imaging method in patients with clinical signs of Crohn’s diseases and also in the follow up of patients with known disease.]

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