Ocala Regional Medical Center
bezoars, small bowel obstruction, calcium carbonate, gastrointestinal disorders, foreign bodies, surgical removal
Diagnosis | Digestive System Diseases | Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine | Surgical Procedures, Operative
A Gastric Bezoar is defined as an accumulation of indigestible foreign material found in an individual’s GI tract. The incidence of gastric bezoar is 0.3% as reported by endoscopy studies. These formations usually consist of insoluble vegetable matter (phytobezoars), hair (trichobezoars), or medications (pharmacobezoar). In general, they can be asymptomatic for many years or cause nonspecific symptoms including abdominal pain, early satiety, and weight loss. However, in recent years, these have become increasingly problematic for the general population attributing to a variety of GI disturbances. We are reporting a case which revolves around a female patient with no history of abdominal surgery who developed a small bowel obstruction from multiple large bezoars.
Publisher or Conference
American College of Physicians Florida Chapter
Elyaman S, et al. An Unusual Case of Small Bowel Obstruction Secondary to Calcium Carbonate Use. Poster presented at: Florida Chapter of American College of Physicians; September 21, 2019; Ft. Lauderdale, FL.