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J Clin Gastroenterol. 1993 Oct;17(3):244-7.

MRI in the diagnosis of Crohn's disease in two pregnant women.

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Department of Radiology, St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Two pregnant women considered symptomatic for inflammatory bowel disease were referred for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for assistance in establishing a diagnosis. Breath-hold gradient echo and contrast-enhanced T1-weighted fat-suppressed spin echo sequences were used. The MR appearance of the terminal ileum was consistent with Crohn's disease in both patients. The diagnosis of Crohn's disease was subsequently confirmed histologically. MRI is a safe, noninvasive modality that may be useful in confirming a suspected diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, especially in patients who cannot be evaluated with standard techniques.

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