Cobblestoning (having a cobblestone appearance) can occur in a number of hollow organs with mucosa, most commonly the bowel, in the setting of Crohn's disease.
Longitudinal and circumferential fissures and ulcers separate islands of mucosa, giving it an appearance reminiscent of cobblestones.
Cobblestone appearance has been reported in:
- Crohn's disease: small and large bowel
- candida oesophagitis 1
- Hirschsprung disease 4
- eosinophillic gastritis 5
- Brunner gland hyperplasia/hamartoma of the duodenum 5
Other disease processes can present with a cobblestone-like imaging characteristics.
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