Enlarging phytobezoar: a rare cause of small bowel obstruction seen in an elderly patient


  • Hannah N. Tang Department of General Surgery, Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, QLD, Australia James Cook University, University of Queensland, Townsville, Australia http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8796-2290
  • Ryan Green Department of General Surgery, Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns, QLD, Australia




Bezoar, Small bowel obstruction, Phytobezoar, Enterostomy, Surgery


Phytobezoars are a rare cause of small bowel obstruction (SBO) but must be a consideration especially in patients with previous gastric surgeriesand the elderly population. Preoperative computed tomography (CT) should be done to differentiate between bezoars and other causes of SBO. If non operative management fails, surgical removal is the recommended treatment.


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