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It is not very unusual that hysterical and insane patients swallow hard and indigestible articles, and occasionally this foreign material is found in the stomach at operation or autopsy. Buttons, coins, needles, pins, hairpins, nails, false teeth, and even knives and forks have occasionally been swallowed; and at times may give rise to serious trouble by causing perforation or occlusion of the gastro-intestinal tract. It is also quite a common practice in cases of dementia for patients to pick up and swallow pieces of lint, string or hair, or even to swallow their own hair after biting or pulling it off. Bell of Montreal reported a case in which the hair-ball removed from the stomach formed a complete cast of the stomach and duodenum. We report this case because of the large number and variety of articles present and their great combined weight, with resulting distention and displacement of the
VANDIVERT AH, MILLS HP. FOREIGN MATERIAL IN THE STOMACH: REPORT OF A REMARKABLE CASE. JAMA. 1911;LVI(3):180–181. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560030016007
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