BMJ Case Reports 2018; doi:10.1136/bcr-2018-226174
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Rare but life-threatening complication of fecalith

  1. Nelya Melnitchouk
  1. Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Danny Mou, dmou2{at}
  • Accepted 16 June 2018
  • Published 10 July 2018


A 78-year-old woman with history of Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, hypertension and recent hospital admission for asthma exacerbation requiring hospitalisation for steroid pulse presented to the emergency department with 1 day of significant epigastric and right lower quadrant pain. Her pain steadily worsened and was associated with nausea and clear emesis. She was on a steroid taper for her recent asthma exacerbation, and she is normally on baseline low-dose steroids for her Addison’s disease.

On evaluation in the emergency department, the patient was noted to be tachycardic in the 100s but otherwise haemodynamically stable. Her abdomen was distended, and she endorsed moderate to severe tenderness over her right lower quadrant with guarding but no rebound. Her labs were notable for white cell count of 31.6x109/L and a lactate of …

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