Clin Endosc.  2014 May;47(3):254-257. 10.5946/ce.2014.47.3.254.

Intramural Gastric Abscess Caused by a Toothpick Presenting as a Subepithelial Tumor

  • 1Division of Gastrointestinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea.


In the present report, we describe an unusual case of an intramural gastric abscess caused by a foreign body, detected in the form of a subepithelial tumor. A 64-year-old woman was referred to our gastroenterology clinic for further evaluation of a gastric subepithelial tumor. The patient presented with a 1-month history of sustained dull epigastric pain. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed an ill-demarcated, round, smooth, protruding lesion with a small central erosion on the great curvature of the proximal antrum. Endoscopic ultrasonography indicated the presence of an ovoid, heterogeneous, hypoechoic lesion with small echogenic foci located in the submucosa and muscularis propria layers. An abdominal computed tomography scan showed focal gastric wall thickening and regional lymph node enlargement. Endoscopic submucosal dissection was performed for definite diagnosis and management. Thus, we detected a toothpick and removed it using grasping forceps. The final diagnosis was an intramural gastric abscess caused by a toothpick.


Subepithelial tumor; Gastric foreign body; Toothpick
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