IJSR International Journal of Scientific Research 2277 - 8179 Indian Society for Health and Advanced Research ijsr-8-5-19156 Original Research Paper Prevalence of fecolith in clinically suspected cases of acute appendicitis. Arpan Dey Dr. May 2019 8 5 01 02 ABSTRACT


In this study we wanted to find out the alliance between the presence of fecolith and appendicitis. The present study was conducted on 100 patients all having an initial clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis. 96 out of 100 patients were operated on. 4 patients were treated non–operatively. Out of 96 patients operated, 75 had confirmed histopathological diagnosis of acute appendicitis. Fecolith was found in 44% acute appendicitis cases and in 17.6% cases histologically normal appendix, which proves that the presence of fecolith is not characteristic of appendicitis. Gangrenous and perforated cases were more frequently associated with fecolith showing that it plays an aggressive role in the pathophysiology of the disease. Additional line of research on the subject matter is suggested.