Musculoskeletal complications of Crohn's disease: The role of computed tomography in diagnosis and patient management

H. I. Brenner, E. K. Fishman, M. L. Harris, T. M. Bayless

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Abstract

The delayed diagnosis of musculoskeletal complications of Crohn's disease may produce major morbidity in patients. This study compared abdominal and pelvic computed tomography (CT) with conventional radiography in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal complications in 23 of 552 patients with Crohn's disease examined by CT over a 7-year period. Surgical confirmation was available in 15 of 21 patients. The clinical features of psoas/gluteal abscesses, abdominal wall fistulae, and sacral osteomyelitis are described. Because the clinical manifestations of these musculoskeletal complications are often nonspecific, CT is often useful in diagnosing and directing therapeutic interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1181-1185
Number of pages5
JournalOrthopedics
Volume23
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 29 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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