coiled spring appearance

A descriptive term for a finding in radiocontrast studies of the upper GI tract, caused by
(1) Posttraumatic intramural hematoma of the 3rd segment of the duodenum, in which the folds over the mass are stretched; a similar finding occurs in intussusception
(2) Distension of small intestinal loops, especially the jejunum

coiled spring appearance

Radiology A descriptor for a finding in radiocontrast studies of the upper GI tract, caused by
1. Posttraumatic intramural hematoma of the 3rd segment of the duodenum, where the folds over the mass are stretched; a similar finding occurs in intussusception. See Stacked coin appearance.
2. Distension of small intestinal loops, especially the jejunum.
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