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Gastric bezoar (phytobezoar)
  1. Yusaku Kajihara
  1. Gastroenterology, Fuyoukai Murakami Hospital, Aomori, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yusaku Kajihara, Gastroenterology, Fuyoukai Murakami Hospital, Aomori 030-0843, Japan; y_kaji2012{at}

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A 76-year-old man was referred to the author’s department with melena and anaemia (haemoglobin level 102 g/L). The patient had a medical history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and dyslipidaemia. Oesophagogastroduodenoscopy (OGD) showed a gastric bezoar of 5 cm diameter in the fornix (figure 1A) with ulceration of the angulus. Since endoscopic fragmentation with biopsy forceps was unsuccessful due to the …

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