Thumbprinting

Radswiki et al.

Thumbprinting is a radiographic sign of large bowel wall thickening, usually caused by oedema, related to an infective or inflammatory process (colitis). The normal haustra become thickened at regular intervals appearing like thumbprints projecting into the aerated lumen.

Pathology

Aetiology

Thumbprinting may be seen in:

Radiographic appearance

Plain radiograph/CT

Thumb-shaped, nodular, indentations at regular intervals in the bowel wall.

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Article Information

rID: 12089
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Thumb-printing

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