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August 1978

Intestinal Obstruction Due to Phytobezoars: Observations in Two Patients With Hypothyroidism and Previous Gastric Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(8):1001-1003. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370200095019

• Two patients had small-bowel obstruction due to phytobezoars. Both patients were hypothyroid. One patient had undergone a previous pyloroplasty for pyloric stenosis and the other a truncal vagotomy and a pyloroplasty for a duodenal ulcer. Similarities and differences between the two cases and the possible predisposing factors in the formation of the phytobezoars are discussed. The recognition of high-risk patients, and their education to prevent phytobezoars are emphasized.

(Arch Surg 113:1001-1003, 1978)

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