An Unexpected Cause of Marked Weight Loss Associated with Vomiting in an Adult Man: Gastric Phytobeozar
Keywordsbezoar, edentulism, vomiting, hyporexia, weight loss
Objectives: We present the case of an edentulous 47-year-old farmer referred to our Department of Internal Medicine because of postprandial vomiting, hyporexia, asthenia and weight loss. He ate a mostly vegetarian diet.
Materials and methods: An oesophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed the presence of a phytobezoar at the level of the fundus and body of the stomach. Endoscopic fragmentation and removal of the phytobezoar were unsuccessful and the patient had to undergo open surgery.
Results: Recovery was uneventful and free of complications.
Conclusion: Phytobezoars should be taken into account in the differential diagnosis of unexplained vomiting and weight loss.
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