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Arda Isik, Y. Deniz Firat, Kemal Peker, İlyas Sayar, Oguz İdiz, Mehmet Soyturk, Ismail Demiryilmaz, Ismayil Yilmaz
(Department of General Surgery, Erzincan University, Erzincan, Turkey)
Am J Case Rep 2014; 15:284-287
Phytobezoars are a common type of bezoar known to accumulate in the gastrointestinal system.
Case Report: A 30-year-old mentally retarded woman was operated on due to small bowel obstruction. A piece of tree root was extracted from the ileum. The patient was discharged from the hospital on postoperative day 7.
Conclusions: Due to difficulties in determining the nature of the bezoar preoperatively, small bowel obstruction due to a phytobezoar is not a common diagnosis. For bezoars, prevention is considered preferable to treatment.