Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

  • Jarrah Ali Al-Tubaikh


Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are a group of diseases characterized by idiopathic chronic inflam-mation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, extra-intestinal manifestations, and relapsing course. IBDs are divided into Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis (UC), and indeterminate colitis (6%). Diagnosis of IBDs depends mainly on clinical presentation and biopsy-proved inflammatory changes in a sample taken by colonoscopy. Radiology offers multiple noninvasive methods to monitor the progression of the diseases and their complications through barium studies, CT of the bowel, and MR enteroclysis. Multiple radiographic signs are described in the literature describing different stages of IBDs. An understanding of the basic composition of the bowel wall is mandatory for the radiologist to understand the radiographic signs encountered while investigating IBDs in any radiological modality.


Ulcerative Colitis Bowel Wall Barium Enema Sclerosing Cholangitis Pyoderma Gangrenosum 
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