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A phytobezoar is defined as the composition of indigestible food particles found in the GI tract, primarily composed of plant material, such as fibers and cellulose.

Any individual may develop a phytobezoar, but those with altered gastrointestinal anatomy or decreased motility are at highest risk.

They often present with nausea, vomiting, and/or symptoms of gastric outlet syndrome.

Complications include ulcerations, bleeding, bowel obstruction, and/or perforation.

Thus, complete removal is the ultimate treatment.

Publication Date

5-4-2023

Disciplines

Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine

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2023 Alvin Yarrows Research Day at Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills, Farmington Hills, MI, May 4, 2023.

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