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Article
August 7, 1926

THE RETENTION OF VEGETABLE MATERIAL IN THE STOMACH: REPORT OF CASE

JAMA. 1926;87(6):397-399. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680060021007
Abstract

The retention of vegetable material in the stomach, except in cases of complete obstruction of the pylorus, is rare. Perhaps the earliest case is the one reported by Quain 1 (for Buckwill) in 1854. The largest series is one of eight cases reported in 1923, by W. E. Hart.2 Single cases have been reported by Schreiber, 3 Peple, 4 Outten, 5 King, 6 Tschassownikoff, 7 Upson, 8 Adams9 and others. The cases reported have all been compact masses of vegetable matter and removed as such. Six of Hart's cases were composed largely of persimmon, Adams' case entirely of pumpkin, and the others of various vegetable fibers. Two of Hart's cases were complicated by gastric ulcers. In the other cases no organic lesions were demonstrable.

In the case here presented there was no history of the eating of persimmons; the retained matter was composed of celery fibers, prune and

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