December 1977

Gastric Bezoar Formation Secondary to Gastroparesis Diabeticorum

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(12):1729. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630240061020

Diabetic autonomic neuropathy may result in delayed gastric emptying and gastric retention. A case of gastric phytobezoar formation that was secondary to diabetic autonomic neuropathy is reported. Greatly impaired gastric emptying was documented in this case by administration of a radiolabelled meal. Parenteral metoclopramide hydrochloride completely corrected the patient's gastric motility disturbance.

(Arch Intern Med 137:1729, 1977)