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Imaging Pancreas Chain of links sign A descriptive term for the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatographic appearance of chronic pancreatitis, which is characterised by dilated ducts punctuated by multiple foci of constriction
Imaging Small bowel A descriptive term for the radiologic appearance of small bowel obstruction—the ‘beads’ correspond to pockets of gas oriented in an oblique line, a function of the amount of fluid and the intensity of peristalsis; characteristic of mechanical obstruction, the string of beads sign may also be seen in adynamic ileus due to inflammation
Imaging Vessels String-of-pearls sign A descriptive term for the multiple arterial dilatations and strictures seen by (digital subtraction) angiography in fibromuscular dysplasia, a condition which affects small and medium-sized arteries including the renal and extracranial cephalic vessels
Paediatrics String-of-pearls malformation A term referring to the white mucoid material within a perineal fistula, which is located along the midline and frequently extends anteriorly up the scrotum's median raphe