J Korean Surg Soc.  1999 Jun;56(Suppl):1043-1047.

The Intestinal Obstruction Due to Bezoar

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  • 1Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University Mok-Dong Hospital.

Abstract

Bezoars are large conglomerates of vegetable fiber and hair, or concretions of various substances located in the stomach or the intestinal tract. They are classified as trichobezoars, phytobezoars, trichophytobezoars or concretions. The most common site for a bezoar is the stomach, but small-bowel bezoars are occasionally reported. A gastric bezoar can be treated by endoscopic removal or chemical dissolution. Small bowel bezoars are usually discovered due to intestinal obstruction, and surgical removal is the standard treatment method. We report the case of a patient who suffered from an intestinal obstruction due to a phytobezoar about 5 4 3 cm3 size.

Keyword

Bezoar; Small bowel obstruction
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