An unusually high incidence of gastrointestinal obstruction by persimmon bezoars in Israeli patients after ulcer surgery

Evyatar Z. Moriel, Amram Ayalon, Ahmed Eid, Daniel Rachmilewitz, Michael M. Krausz, Arie L. Durst

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Abstract

Seventy-seven patients presented with gastrointestinal obstruction due to phytobezoars during a 5-mo period. Most of the patients (88.3%) had a history of persimmon ingestion, and all had previous surgery for ulcer disease. Seventy-one patients were treated surgically; 67 because of intestinal obstruction and 4 for extraction of gastric phytobezoars. Five patients were reoperated once and 1 patient twice because of retained phytobezoars. Six patients were treated conservatively. Seventy-five patients recovered after surgical or conservative therapy, and 2 patients died. Patients who have undergone gastric surgery should be warned about the risk of persimmon ingestion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-755
Number of pages4
JournalGastroenterology
Volume84
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1983
Externally publishedYes

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