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Title: Laparoscopic-assisted management of small bowel obstruction due to phytobezoar
Authors: Ganpathi, I.S. 
Cheah, W.-K. 
Keywords: Bezoar
Intestinal obstruction
Laparoscopic assisted
Issue Date: Feb-2005
Citation: Ganpathi, I.S., Cheah, W.-K. (2005-02). Laparoscopic-assisted management of small bowel obstruction due to phytobezoar. Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques 15 (1) : 30-32. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Laparoscopy is gaining increasing acceptance for diagnosis and treatment of selected cases of small bowel obstruction. We describe a laparoscopic-assisted procedure used for the treatment of small bowel obstruction caused by a bezoar. A 51-year-old man presented with acute small intestinal obstruction. He had no history of previous abdominal surgery. Diagnostic laparoscopy confirmed a distal ileal obstruction due to an enterolith (bezoar). A limited abdominal incision allowed enterotomy and removal of the obstructing bezoar. Gastroscopy performed a month later showed gastric bezoars which could not be removed endoscopically. Instead, cellulase, a hydrolytic enzyme, was used successfully to treat the condition.
Source Title: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
ISSN: 15304515
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