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August 1957

The Persimmon Bezoar

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery and the Department of Medicine, the Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1957;75(2):188-192. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280140026005

DeBakey and Ochsner1 have stated that the subject of bezoars forms an intensely fascinating and interesting study, not only because of their relatively infrequent occurrence and bizarre nature but also because of the mystical lore surrounding their early development. The truth of this statement is apparent when one investigates this subject. This paper is prompted by the discovery of a persimmon bezoar in the stomach of a patient who had consumed wild persimmons while on a recent hunting expedition along the Illinois River. Isolated reviews through the years indicate the rarity of the lesion, at least in this part of the country, hence the presentation of the features of a case which came to surgery shortly after the ingestion of the fruit.

Among the early reports on this condition is that of Hart,2 who in 1923 reviewed eight surgically treated cases of phytobezoars, six of which were recorded