Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 85–88 | Cite as

Obliteration of thumbprinting with double-contrast enemas in acute ischemic colitis

  • C. I. Bartram


Three cases of transient ischemic colitis are described in which the typical thumbprinting sign was obliterated by air insufflation during double-contrast barium enema examination. The causes of this sign, the possible mechanism of its loss during double-contrast enema, and implications of this are discussed.

Key words

Ischemic colitis Barium enema Thumbprinting 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. I. Bartram
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologySt. Mark's HospitalLondonEngland

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