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The Significance of Bowel Wall Thickening On Abdominal Computed Tomography at Australian Hospital

The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the causes and significance of bowel wall thickening on abdominal computed tomography. Of 175 consecutive CT abdomens identified, diverticulitis (28%) and infection (24.6%) were the most common causes. Flare of known inflammatory bowel disease (7.4%) and new cancer (5.7%) were relatively uncommon causes. Overall, 50/175 (28.6%) patients underwent subsequent colonoscopy, and of these, 41/50 (82%) were either normal or showed uncomplicated diverticular disease only.

Author(s): Saad Khan, Askin Gunes, Paul Machado, Jordan Bade-Boon, Nayana George, David Badov