Stercoral Perforation of the Sigmoid Colon with Faecal Peritonitis: Report of Two Cases

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CH Lam, LW Lo, KF Ma, LK Chan

Hong Kong J Radiol 2013;16:293-5

DOI: 10.12809/hkjr1312121

Stercoral colonic perforation is one of the causes of ‘spontaneous’ colonic perforation. Stercoral colonic perforation is well reported in the surgical and gastroenterology literature, yet little has been published in the radiology literature. This report describes two patients with stercoral perforation of the sigmoid colon and faecal peritonitis. The aetiology, pathophysiology, and imaging findings of this rare, but fatal, condition are reviewed.