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Abdominal Imaging - Original Article
Stercoral colitis: diagnostic value of CT findings
1 Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Radiology, Zonguldak Atatürk State Hospital, Zonguldak, Turkey  
2 Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.  
3 Department of Radiology, Koç University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
Diagn Interv Radiol 2017; 23: 5-9
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2016.16002

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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