Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 106–107 | Cite as

Charcoal bezoar

Small-bowel obstruction secondary to amitryptyline overdose therapy
  • Marilyn J. Ray
  • D. Randall Padin
  • John D. Condie
  • James M. Halls
Case Report


Nasogastric administration of activated charcoal is effective in decreasing the half-life of amitriptyline. A case is reported in which this therapy for amitriptyline overdose led to charcoal bezoar formation and small-bowel obstruction. Amitriptyline's atropinic side effects on the gut make this a possible complication in such patients.

Key words

charcoal bezoar amitryptyline overdose bowel obstruction 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn J. Ray
    • 1
  • D. Randall Padin
    • 1
  • John D. Condie
    • 1
  • James M. Halls
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Radiology and SurgeryLos Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical CenterLos Angeles

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