The bottom line: MRI and CT findings of unusual rectal and perirectal pathology


Although common nonspecific symptoms (i.e., rectal bleeding, pelvic pressure, and change in bowel habits) are associated with rectal cancer, occasionally these are related to a different underlying disease. Over the past few years, considerable progress has been made in imaging of the rectum. Specifically, new magnetic resonance techniques and capabilities provide impressive high-resolution assessment of the rectal wall and enable evaluation and characterization of the perirectal tissues. This paper reviews imaging findings of uncommon causes of rectal and perirectal pathology that may be clinically confounded with rectal cancer. Radiologists need to be aware of uncommon pathologies in this region in order to facilitate optimal management decisions.

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