Colonic faecoliths and stercoral ulceration

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Bowels not opened for 7 days. PH of constipation. Now severe LIF pain with raised inflammatory markers

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female

Subtle increased density in the mid descending colon with moderate faecal material in the proximal colon


CT scan is contemporary to the abdominal radiograph

Unusual laminatted, hyperdense faecoliths/omas in the descending colon with inflammation/thickening in the colonic wall extending into the adjacent fat without signs of diverticular disease.

Case Discussion

Inspissated faecal materal can calcify (usually in diverticula or the appendix) and form large solid masses in the colonic lumen that can rarely lead to mural infammation and even perforation due to pressure/ischaemic effects

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Case information

rID: 41950
Published: 29th Dec 2015
Last edited: 29th Dec 2015
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