[Intestinal obstruction due to phytobezoar in a Meckel's diverticulum]

D Rosin, Y Korianski, A Ayalon
Harefuah 1994, 127 (7): 225-7, 286
Meckel's diverticulum is the most prevalent anomaly of the gastrointestinal tract, found in about 2% of the general population. Most are asymptomatic; but most frequent complications are intestinal obstruction, diverticulitis and lower gastrointestinal bleeding. A 33-year-old man was operated on for mechanical small bowel obstruction caused by a large Meckel's diverticulum filled with a phytobezoar. This mechanism of obstruction is rare. When the history of a patient without previous intestinal operations, as in this case, raises the possibility of phytobezoar, the probability of congenital anomaly is high.

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