Lead pipe sign (Ulcerative colitis)

Case contributed by Dr Pir Abdul Ahad Aziz


Known case of IBD. Complaints of abdominal pain.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

An erect frontal abdominal x-ray showing loss of haustral markings of the descending colon.

Case Discussion

Featureless smooth appearance of the diseased segment of the large bowel is referred to as lead-pipe sign and is often seen in the patients of ulcerative colitis.

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Case information

rID: 68098
Published: 12th May 2019
Last edited: 12th May 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Liaquat National Hospital

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