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Journal of Gastrointestinal & Digestive System
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The Mercedes-Benz Sign of Ischemic Colitis

Akira Hokama1*, Akane Fujita1, Tetsuya Ohira1, Masatoshi Kaida1, Tetsu Kinjo2 and Jiro Fujita2

1Department of Endoscopy, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

2Department of Infectious, Respiratory, and Digestive Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Akira Hokama
Department of Endoscopy, 207 Uehara
Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0215, Japan
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Received date: May 7, 2015; Accepted date: May 23, 2015; Published date: May 29, 2015

Citation: Hokama A, Fujita A, Ohira T, Kaida M, Kinjo T, et al. (2015) The Mercedes-Benz Sign of Ischemic Colitis. J Gastrointest Dig Syst 5:289. doi:10.4172/2161-069X.1000289

Copyright: © 2015 Hokama A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Ischemic colitis (IC) appears differently in computed tomography scans relative to the slice axis, including target sign on cross section, and the accordion sign in longitudinal image. The Mercedes-Benz sign is originally a triradiate radiolucent shadow, representing gas accumulation within a gallstone. The Mercedes-Benz sign of IC, which we call, is presented by hyperemic mucosa and the triradiate form is produced presumably by tenia coli. We present a case of IC, presenting this interesting radiological finding. Although nonspecific, this sign may allow us to predict the presence of IC.

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