Biliary phytobezoar resulting in intestinal obstruction

Yura Kim, Beom Jin Park, Min Ju Kim, Deuk Jae Sung, Dong Sik Kim, Young Dong Yu, Jeong Hyeon Lee

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Phytobezoar is the most common type of bezoar. It is composed of indigestible vegetable matter and is usually found in the stomach. Biliary phytobezoar is extremely rare and difficult to diagnose preoperatively. The pathogenesis is not clear, and there have been only a few reports of biliary bezoars associated with sphincteric impairmentat the ampulla of Vater. Here, we present a report of biliary bezoar that resulted in jejunal obstruction. We were unable to identifythe bezoar in the extrahepatic bile duct until it obstructed the small bowel lumen. To our knowledge, this is the first report of small bowel obstruction resulting frommigration of a biliary bezoar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalWorld journal of gastroenterology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Biliary
  • Choledochoduodenal
  • Fistula
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Multidetector-row computed tomography
  • Phytobezoar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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