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January 1988

Bran-Induced Small-Intestinal Obstruction in a Patient With No History of Abdominal Operation

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Abington (Pa) Memorial Hospital (Drs McClurken and Carp); and Temple University Hospital and St Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia (Dr McClurken).

Arch Surg. 1988;123(1):98-100. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400250108021

• An infrequently reported cause of small-bowel obstruction, but one with increasingly important implications in today's diet-conscious society, is bran. This report describes a patient with no history of abdominal operation who developed complete obstruction of the small bowel after the ingestion of two bowls of bran cereal. The obstructing mass of bran was removed by enterotomy and found to be an inspissated, toothpastelike plug. The patient recovered fully.

(Arch Surg 1988;123:98-100)