Rugal folds

The rugal folds are the mucosal folds within the stomach that give the distinctive appearance on barium studies.

Rugal folds aid in increasing the volume of stomach without a significant change of the pressure within. They are comprised of both mucosa and submucosal layers. Normally the thickness is 3-5mm. Increased thickness or nodularity suggests a pathological process. 

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

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rID: 6210
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs, stub, stub, refs
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