Gastrointestinal obstruction due to plaster ingestion: a case-report
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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
BMC Surgery 2006, 6:4 doi:10.1186/1471-2482-6-4Published: 16 February 2006
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.
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.
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.