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Gastric phytobezoar: unusual association and resolution.
  1. J. P. Wyatt,
  2. G. Haddock,
  3. R. J. Aitken
  1. Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK.


    A 58 year old man underwent a laparotomy for intestinal obstruction, which proved to be due to intestinal pseudo-obstruction. Following a slow postoperative course, he was discovered to have a gastric phytobezoar. The association between bezoars and pseudo-obstruction has not been previously described, but might be expected. The gastric phytobezoar could not be fragmented mechanically, but it completely disappeared when enteral feeding was commenced. The possibility of a future role of enteral feeding in this situation is suggested.

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