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Il Giornale Italiano di Radiologia Medica 2018 Marzo-Aprile;5(2):285-7

DOI: 10.23736/S2283-8376.18.00031-1

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

A rare case of intrathoracic intestinal duplication: role of diagnostic imaging

Roberta BLASIO 1, Rosanna MAMONE 2 , Francesco ESPOSITO 2, Sonia TAMASI 2, Domenico NOVIELLO 2, Anna M. GIUGLIANO 2, Parvin GHOLAMI SHANGOLABAD 2, Gioconda ARGENZIANO 2, Eugenio ROSSI 2, Massimo ZECCOLINI 2

1 Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche Avanzate, Università “Federico II”, Napoli, Italia; 2 U.O.C. Radiologia, A.O.R.N. “Santobono-Pausilipon”, Napoli, Italia


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Intestinal duplications are rare congenital anomalies that can be localized along any tract of the alimentary canal and more commonly involve the small intestine. They can be of the cystic or tubular type and have the same structure of the normal intestine, with which they can share part of the wall and the muscular layer. They may be asymptomatic or present with various symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, occlusion, hemorrhage or perforation. The diagnostic procedure uses ultrasound, RX, CT, MRI. The treatment consists of surgical removal to avoid possible long-term complications. The authors present the case of a tubular intestinal duplication observed in a 3-year-old girl who came to our attention for the presence of “persistent cough”, illustrating its characteristics in imaging (CT, ultrasound, opaque esophagography).


KEY WORDS: Congenital abnormalities - Intestines - Diagnostic imaging

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