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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Plain films of the abdomen will demonstrate a fecalith in approximately 14% of patients with acute 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.
Obstruction of the appendix caused by lymphoid hyperplasia and fecaliths is considered to be the most common cause of acute appendicitis.