Bezoar-induced ulceration and perforation of the upper gastrointestinal tract in mentally retarded patients

Eli Avisar, M. Goldberg, O. Lernau

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Symptoms of bezoars are often nonspecific and may mimic those of other gastrointestinal diseases. Therefore, this diagnosis should be kept in mind to avoid severe complications such as bleeding, perforation, or obstruction, especially when treating mentally retarded or psychiatric patients. We describe two young, mentally handicapped patients with perforation of the gut due to bezoars. The pathophysiology of this complication is discussed and the literature reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-280
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Surgery International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1994
Externally publishedYes



  • Bezoar
  • Intestinal perforation
  • Mental retardation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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