Intestinal obstruction in an autistic adolescent

Francis Serour*, Michaela Witzling, Daniela Frenkel-Laufer, Arkadi Gorenstein

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Bezoars and foreign bodies are frequently encountered in children with psychiatric disorders. Eating disorder (called pica) occurs predominantly in some high-risk patients such as psychiatric and mentally disabled children. Small-bowel obstruction is an uncommon complication of ingested foreign body because the foreign body is able to cross the whole small intestine and be excreted in the feces. We present the case history of an autistic adolescent who was operated on because of bowel obstruction due to an unusual foreign body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-690
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2008


  • Autism
  • Foreign body
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Pica


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