JOURNAL ARTICLE

Phytobezoar in a jejunal diverticulum as a cause of small bowel obstruction: a case report

Mohammad Tayeb, Faiz Mohammad Khan, Fozia Rauf, M Mumtaz Khan
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2011, 5: 482
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INTRODUCTION: Phytobezoars are concretions of poorly digested fruit and vegetable fibers found in the alimentary tract. Previous gastric resection, gastrojejunostomy, or pyloroplasty predispose people to bezoar formation. Small-bowel bezoars normally come from the stomach, and primary small-bowel bezoars are very rare. They are seen only in patients with underlying small-bowel diseases such as diverticula, strictures, or tumors. Primary small-bowel bezoars almost always present as intestinal obstructions, although it is a very rare cause, being responsible for less than 3% of all small-bowel obstructions in one series. Jejunal diverticula are rare, with an incidence of less than 0.5%. They are usually asymptomatic pseudodiverticula of pulsion type, and complications are reported in 10% to 30% of patients. A phytobezoar in a jejunal diverticulum is an extremely rare presentation.

CASE PRESENTATION: A 78-year-old Pakistani man presented to our clinic with small-bowel obstruction. Upon exploration, we found a primary small-bowel bezoar originating in a jejunal diverticulum and causing jejunal obstruction. Resection and anastomosis of the jejunal segment harboring the diverticulum was performed, and our patient had an uneventful recovery.

CONCLUSION: Primary small-bowel bezoars are very rare but must be kept in mind as a possible cause of small-bowel obstruction.

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