Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 40, Supplement 1, pp 99–99

Giant gastric bezoar presenting as an acute abdominal emergency

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DOI: 10.1007/s00247-009-1511-3

Cite this article as:
Bhargava, P. & Phillips, G. Pediatr Radiol (2010) 40(Suppl 1): 99. doi:10.1007/s00247-009-1511-3
A 13-year-old girl with neurofibromatosis presented to the ER with emesis and anorexia for 3 days. A firm epigastric mass was palpated on physical examination. The rare diagnosis of gastric neurofibroma was suspected. Supine abdominal radiograph demonstrated mottled lucencies distending the stomach and simulating a large, recently ingested meal (Fig. 1). CT revealed a mixed air and soft-tissue density intraluminal gastric mass, confirming the diagnosis of a gastric bezoar (Fig. 2). Subsequently, our patient admitted to habitually ingesting foam and hair. Patient’s IQ was normal.
Fig. 1

Supine abdominal radiograph

Fig. 2

CT abdomen coronal reconstruction

Up to 90% of trichobezoars occur in girls younger than 20 years. Common associations are mental retardation, pica, and trichotillomania [1]. Gastric bezoars often present with acute symptoms and sometimes respond to conservative or endoscopic therapy [2]. In our patient, the bezoar was removed via open surgery forming a cast of the stomach (Supplementary materials available with this article online).

Supplementary material


Video demonstrating the surgical removal of the bezoar in the operating room. (AVI 7970kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.VA Puget Sound Health Care SystemSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Computed TomographySeattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA

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