CT evaluation of Crohn's disease: effect on patient management

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1987 Mar;148(3):537-40. doi: 10.2214/ajr.148.3.537.


CT scans from 80 consecutive patients with clinically symptomatic Crohn's disease were reviewed retrospectively to determine the effect of CT diagnosis on patient management. The initial clinical impression and any subsequent change in patient management because of the CT findings were noted. In 22 (28%) of the 80 patients, significant previously unsuspected findings led to a change in medical or surgical management. These included 12 patients with fistulae, four with abscess, two with avascular necrosis of the femoral head, two with sacral osteomyelitis, and single cases of pelvic inflammatory disease and femoral vein thrombosis.

MeSH terms

  • Crohn Disease / complications
  • Crohn Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Crohn Disease / therapy
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*