, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 417-419
Date: 24 May 2007

An unusual cause of small bowel obstruction: CT diagnosis of dried apricots

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Small bowel obstruction is a common cause of acute abdominal pain, and up to 75% of cases are caused by adhesions followed by hernias and neoplasm [1]. Acute intraluminal occlusion of small bowel is uncommon, and among the intraluminal causes of small bowel obstruction are gallstones, foreign bodies, retained meconium, bezoars, and tangles of ascarides. Obstruction by bezoars and especially by undigested food is rare and mostly seen in children, old people, and patients with mental disorders [13]. Hereby, we present the computed tomography (CT) findings of a rare case of intestinal obstruction due to dried apricots with review of the relevant literature.

Case report

An 86-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with history of abdominal pain, distension, and vomiting for the last 4 days. She had been unable to pass flatus for the last 42 h. She had no history of prior abdominal surgery, blood in stool, weight loss, or previous change in bowel habit.