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Open Access Case report

Gastrointestinal obstruction due to plaster ingestion: a case-report

Rooh- Allah Yegane1*, Mohammad Bashashati2, Reza Bashtar3 and Mina Ahmadi3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, Loqman-Hakim Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Kamali St, Tehran, Iran

2 Researcher of Gastroenterology and Surgery, Loqman-Hakim Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences Kamali St, Tehran, Iran

3 General practitioner, Loqman-Hakim Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences Kamali St, Tehran, Iran

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BMC Surgery 2006, 6:4  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-6-4

Published: 16 February 2006

Abstract

Background

Plaster ingestion forming gastric bezoar is a strange way to attempt suicide and this method has not yet been reported. It may lead to a mechanical obstruction of the gut, especially the pyloric region, and could manifest with abdominal pain, epigastric distress, nausea, vomiting, and fullness.

Case presentation

Herein we report a case of a 37 year-old woman presenting with plaster ingestion and gastric outlet obstruction, who underwent surgery. At six months follow-up the patient was fully recovered.

Conclusion

Plaster has no toxic or erosive effects. Endoscopic or surgical removing of such material is recommended. Moreover, psychiatric intervention and management is imperative to prevent recurrence in such cases.