A fecalith is a stone made of feces. It is a hardening of feces into lumps of varying size and may occur anywhere in the intestinal tract but is typically found in the colon. It is also called appendicolith when it occurs in the appendix and is sometimes concomitant with appendicitis.[1] They can also obstruct diverticula. It can possibly form secondary to fecal impaction. A fecaloma is a more severe form of fecal impaction, and a hardened fecaloma may be considered to be a giant fecalith. The term is from Greek líthos=stone.[2]

Fecalith
Other namesFecalith, coprolith, stercolith
X-ray showing fecalith which has caused appendicitis.jpg
A fecalith marked by the arrow which has resulted in acute appendicitis.
SpecialtyGeneral surgery

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A small fecalith is one cause of both appendicitis and acute diverticulitis.

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  1. ^ Al-Nakshabandi, Nizar; Aljefri, Ahmad (2009). "The stranded stone: Relationship between acute appendicitis and appendicolith". Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology. 15 (4): 258–60. doi:10.4103/1319-3767.56106. PMC 2981843. PMID 19794272.
  2. ^ Alaedeen, Diya I.; Cook, Marc; Chwals, Walter J. (May 2008). "Appendiceal fecalith is associated with early perforation in pediatric patients". Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 43 (5): 889–92. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.034. PMID 18485960.

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