Doctors give unbiased, helpful information on indications, contra-indications, benefits, and complications: Dr. Bandyopadhyay on colon thickening on ct scan: The imaging modality of ct scan could show findings that would be concerning for cancer, mass around your colon, enlarged lymph nodes in the same area. However, the diagnosis is made at biopsy, a piece of the mass under the microscope of ...
• Thickening of the bowel wall may be focal (<5 cm) and segmental or diffuse (6-40 cm or >40 cm) in extension. • Focal, irregular and asymmetrical thickening of the bowel wall suggests a malignancy. • Perienteric fat stranding disproportionally more severe than the degree of wall thickening suggests an inflammatory condition.
Fig. 3. —Normal colonic wall thickness in 81-year-old woman with breast cancer.Contrast-enhanced axial CT scan of cecum suggests bowel wall thickening with target appearance (arrow).However, ventral wall is thin, without target appearance (arrowhead).Occasionally, residual fluid in bowel can mimic submucosal edema and bowel wall thickening, as in this case.
I just had a CT scan because of severe pain in my abdomen for a while. My GI sent me a letter saying that the scan showed thickening of the left side colon wall, likely due to the colitis.
Patients with Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel diseases often develop scar tissue inside the intestines, which cause the walls to thicken. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that thickening of the colon is often observed during a CT scan for some other purpose.
Bowel wall thickening is a common finding in imaging. CT can be helpful in the differentiation of intestinal disease. Important features to look for are:
"If your doctor is concerned about possible complications of C. difficile, he or she may order an abdominal X-ray or a computerized tomography (CT) scan, which provides images of your colon. The scan can detect the presence of complications such as thickening of the colon wall…
My CT scan showed thickening of stomach wall and upper colon. I am to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy within a couple of months. What does thickening of stomach wall and upper colon mean? Should I be concerned about cancer? Doctor's Assistant: Are you keeping a personal medical record while dealing with this?
Wall thickening in the Lower GI tract (WTLGIT) commonly presents a challenge to clinicians as there is the concern for neoplasia.1-5 We hypothesize that majority of the patients that have thickening are unlikely to have significant findings on colonoscopy.
CT characteristics to suggest ulcerative colitis over Crohn disease or other inflammatory conditions on CT is difficult, but it may be inferred by location and caliber of the bowel wall thickening. Bowel wall thickening averaging 8 mm is more suggestive of UC, whereas CD tends to be > 10 mm (Figure 5).