CT imaging of acute E. Coli-related colitis

Emerg Radiol. 2007 Jul;14(3):187-9. doi: 10.1007/s10140-007-0585-1. Epub 2007 Feb 28.


Patients with abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea often present in the acute setting to the emergency department for evaluation. After the appropriate clinical assessment, cross-sectional imaging is often utilized to evaluate for the severity of the disease. Although a wide spectrum of findings may be seen, diffuse colonic mural thickening, consistent with pancolitis, is most common. We report an Escherichia coli 0157:H7-related pancolitis in a patient with spinach intake linked to the recent outbreak.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anatomy, Cross-Sectional
  • Colitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Colitis / microbiology*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Escherichia coli O157 / isolation & purification
  • Food Microbiology
  • Foodborne Diseases / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Spinacia oleracea / microbiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*