Which radiological procedure can be used to evaluate the small intestine in patients with pediatric Crohn disease?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Andrew B Grossman, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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A single-contrast upper GI radiologic series with small-bowel follow-through (SBFT) can be used to evaluate the small intestine, which cannot be reached during endoscopy (see the image below).

Image obtained during upper gastrointestinal serie Image obtained during upper gastrointestinal series with small-bowel follow-through shows narrowing and irregularity in distal ileum in 16-year-old male adolescent with Crohn disease.

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