Case Report: Pediatric pharmacobezoar with subacute intestinal obstruction

Mahnaz Hakeem, Heeramani Lohana, Sarwat Urooj, Sheraz Ahmed
2020 F1000Research  
Bezoars are an undigested mass causing an intraluminal obstruction in children. Pharmacobezoars are formed from medicines or their vehicle, considered as a less frequent type observed in children. Our objective is to report a relatively rare entity as a potential cause of intestinal obstruction in children. Here we report a case of 13-year-old girl with a history of herbal medicine intake who presented with persistent vomiting and abdominal distension. She was diagnosed with acute intestinal
more » ... acute intestinal obstruction and managed conservatively without any complications. The patient became stable within two days so was discharged home. We found that ineffective history could lead to a delay in diagnosis and management. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for pica and psychiatric disorders, especially in adolescent children.
doi:10.12688/f1000research.25441.1 fatcat:mtfhkyzzcndfdfvzt2xh2ifg3u