Thumbprinting sign

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Abdominal pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Abdominal radiographs

Supine and erect abdominal radiographs. There is thumbprinting along the transverse colon inferring bowel wall edema. Small amount of fecal loading within the right colon. The bowel is not dilated. No signs of pneumoperitoneum. 

Case Discussion

Thumbprinting sign in a patient with colitis confirmed clinically and with colposcopy. The etiology of the colitis was still uncertain, with differentials including ulcerative colitis or an infective cause. 

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Case information

rID: 60157
Published: 9th May 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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