Emergency Radiology

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 145–156

Multidetector CT imaging in mesenteric ischemia—pearls and pitfalls

  • Ashish Wasnik
  • Ravi K. Kaza
  • Mahmoud M. Al-Hawary
  • Peter S. Liu
  • Joel F. Platt
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10140-010-0921-8

Cite this article as:
Wasnik, A., Kaza, R.K., Al-Hawary, M.M. et al. Emerg Radiol (2011) 18: 145. doi:10.1007/s10140-010-0921-8

Abstract

Mesenteric ischemia is a complex and devastating disease which still remains a diagnostic challenge to the clinicians due to non-specific clinical and laboratory findings. Several imaging features have been described with multidetector computed tomography which allows the diagnosis of mesenteric ischemia with high sensitivity and specificity. However, there are imaging features which overlap with other pathologies including benign inflammation and infection. Knowledge of imaging findings in mesenteric ischemia and its potential mimics is important in early and definitive diagnosis.

Keywords

Mesenteric ischemiaBowel ischemiaBowel infarctionMultidetector computed tomography

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashish Wasnik
    • 1
  • Ravi K. Kaza
    • 1
  • Mahmoud M. Al-Hawary
    • 1
  • Peter S. Liu
    • 1
  • Joel F. Platt
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Abdominal Imaging, Department of RadiologyUniversity of Michigan Health SystemAnn ArborUSA