Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 12, pp 2816–2821 | Cite as

CT value of the intestine is useful predictor for differentiate irreversible ischaemic changes in strangulated ileus

  • Atsushi Kohga
  • Akihiro Kawabe
  • Kiyoshige Yajima
  • Takuya Okumura
  • Kimihiro Yamashita
  • Jun Isogaki
  • Kenji Suzuki
  • Katsuaki Muramatsu



To determine the differential points of strangulated ileus with and without irreversible ischaemic changes, especially on preoperative computed tomography (CT) images.


Seventy patients with strangulated ileus underwent emergency operations between January 2009 and July 2016 in our department. Of these patients, 57 met the study requirements, including 30 patients who had irreversible ischaemic changes (ischaemic group; n = 30) and 27 patients who had reversible ischaemic changes during laparotomy (non-ischaemic group; n = 27). We compared the preoperative clinical and radiographic factors between the ischaemic and non-ischaemic groups.


Univariate analysis revealed that a mean CT value of the intestine in an unenhanced image ≥16.5 HU (p < 0.001), a mean CT value ratio of the intestine (enhanced/unenhanced image) <1.5 (p < 0.001), presence of mesenteric fluid (p = 0.002) and presence of free peritoneal fluid (p = 0.009) were associated with the ischaemic group.


Calculation of the mean CT value of a strangulated intestine may be a useful method for predicting irreversible ischaemic changes in addition to the presence of mesenteric fluid or free peritoneal fluid.


Strangulated intestine CT value Bowel wall enhancement Ischaemic change 


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This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. The authors have no direct or indirect commercial or financial incentives associated with publishing this article.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Institutional and/or National Research Committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study formal consent is not required. The study protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Board. The study does not include any animal experiments.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Atsushi Kohga
    • 1
  • Akihiro Kawabe
    • 1
  • Kiyoshige Yajima
    • 1
  • Takuya Okumura
    • 1
  • Kimihiro Yamashita
    • 1
  • Jun Isogaki
    • 1
  • Kenji Suzuki
    • 1
  • Katsuaki Muramatsu
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of SurgeryFujinomiya City General HospitalFujinomiyaJapan
  2. 2.Division of RadiologyFujinomiya City General HospitalFujinomiyaJapan

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