Intestinal ultrasound has been proven to be a useful as a screening tool in patients with clinically suspected Crohn’s disease as well as in the follow-up of patients already diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. In these patients, it is possible to assess the site and extent of the lesions and ensure early detection of intra-abdominal complications, in particular abscesses and strictures. Intestinal ultrasound may be also used for monitoring Crohn’s disease following surgery, revealing early recurrence of the disease and suggesting the clinical and endoscopic outcome. Despite several attempts to correlate the ultrasonographic findings with Crohn’s disease activity, to date, only ultrasonographic assessment of endoscopic activity is convincing.
KeywordsBowel Wall Oral Contrast Agent Free Perforation Thicken Bowel Wall Internal Fistula
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