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30 June 2014 : Case report  Turkey

How could such a wide piece of tree root pass through the narrow pyloric orifice? An extremely rare case

Challenging differential diagnosis, Management of emergency care, Rare disease

Arda IsikABCDEF, Y. Deniz FiratABEF, Kemal PekerABEF, İlyas SayarABEF, Oguz İdizAB, Mehmet SoyturkAB, Ismail DemiryilmazAB, Ismayil YilmazAB

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.890713

Am J Case Rep 2014; 15:284-287

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Phytobezoars are a common type of bezoar known to accumulate in the gastrointestinal system.

CASE REPORT: A 30-year-old mentally retarded woman was operated on due to small bowel obstruction. A piece of tree root was extracted from the ileum. The patient was discharged from the hospital on postoperative day 7.

CONCLUSIONS: Due to difficulties in determining the nature of the bezoar preoperatively, small bowel obstruction due to a phytobezoar is not a common diagnosis. For bezoars, prevention is considered preferable to treatment.

Keywords: Bezoars, general surgery, Ileus, Mentally Disabled Persons

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923