fecalith


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fecalith

[′fek·ə‚lith]
(medicine)
A hardened piece of fecal matter formed in the intestine or vermiform appendix.
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Caption: Figure 1: In CT images of the patient, bladder is not full enough but 2 cm hyperdense calculi are seen in posterior inferior part of bladder (curved arrow) and hyperdense fecalith image is seen in right superior posterolateral part of bladder (arrow).
1) Stump appendicitis results from obstruction of the lumen of the remaining appendix, usually by a fecalith.
Fecaliths are the usual cause of obstruction and less common causes are hypertrophy of lymphoid tissue, tumours, intestinal parasites, non-perforated acute appendicitis can be cured by appendectomy without any long recovery period, whereas delay in diagnosis and surgery in these patients can lead to dreaded complication like perforation and gangrene.
The contents of the mass had similar appearance to the fecal material in distended bowel loops and some fecaliths were also seenin the spinal canal suggesting fistulous connection (Figure 3).
The prevalence of appendiceal fecaliths in patients with and without appendicitis.
Thus, in a lower-court case in which the plaintiff suffered a perforated bowel purportedly from the use of cholestyramine and codeine that resulted in severe constipation from huge fecaliths, the doctor defendant was able to escape liability because the patient failed to exclude a barium enema procedure as the cause of the perforation.