Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Abdominal Imaging - Original Article

Stercoral colitis: diagnostic value of CT findings


Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Atatürk State Hospital, Zonguldak, Turkey


Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.


Department of Radiology, Koç University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Diagn Interv Radiol 2017; 23: 5-9
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2016.16002
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PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the CT findings of stercoral colitis (SC).


METHODS: Forty-one patients diagnosed with SC between February 2006 and April 2015 were retrospectively reviewed.


RESULTS: Rectosigmoid colon was the most frequently involved segment (100%, n=41). CT findings can be summarized as follows: dilatation >6 cm and wall thickening >3 mm of the affected colon segment (100%, n=41), pericolonic fat stranding (100%, n=41), mucosal discontinuity (14.6 %, n=6), presence of free air (14.6%, n=6), free fluid  (9.7%, n=4), and pericolonic abscess (2.4%, n=1). The sign most related with mortality was the length of the affected colon segment >40 cm.


CONCLUSION: CT has an important role in SC, since life-threatening complications can be easily revealed by this imaging modality. Increased length of involved colon segment (>40 cm) is more likely to be associated with mortality.

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