Ultrasonographic findings in Crohn’s disease

Gabriella Carnevale Maffè, Laura Brunetti, Pietro Formagnana, Gino Roberto Corazza

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In recent years transabdominal bowel sonography has become a first-line modality both in the diagnosis and in the follow-up of inflammatory bowel diseases, especially Crohn’s disease, reaching values of sensitivity ranging from 84 to 93 %. In particular, its role is very useful in the early diagnosis of complications such as stenosis, phlegmons, abscesses and fistulae. According to the available literature the ability of US to provide information about disease activity is still under debate and further studies are necessary. In this regard, of fundamental importance is the use of additional techniques such as color- and power-Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound. The purpose of this paper is to report the main sonographic intestinal and extraintestinal findings detectable in Crohn’s disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-49
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Ultrasound
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • CEUS
  • Color and power Doppler
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Disease activity
  • Transabdominal bowel sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Internal Medicine


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