Angiography in Crohn's disease revisited

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1976 May;126(5):941-51. doi: 10.2214/ajr.126.5.941.


The diagnostic value of angiography was studied in 116 patients with Crohn's disease. Angiograms showed abnormalities in over 90% of the cases. Many angiographic features were nonspecific; only the "zoning sign" and the presence of paraintestinal mesenteric neovasculature were considered diagnostic. Crohn's colitis could be distinguished from ulcerative colitis in only 30% of the cases. Angiography, as a diagnostic adjunct to barium studies, will reveal the presence of lesions and their extent. This is particularly important in suspected postoperative recurrence of Crohn's disease. Angiography is a potential differential diagnostic aid in doubtful cases of inflammatory and malignant bowel disease.

MeSH terms

  • Angiography / methods*
  • Blood Circulation Time
  • Capillaries / diagnostic imaging
  • Colon / blood supply
  • Colon / surgery
  • Crohn Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Crohn Disease / pathology
  • Crohn Disease / surgery
  • Humans
  • Intestine, Small / blood supply
  • Intestine, Small / surgery
  • Mesenteric Arteries / diagnostic imaging
  • Mesenteric Arteries / pathology
  • Mesenteric Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnostic imaging
  • Recurrence