Childhood Intestinal Obstruction from Lithobazoar

Childhood Intestinal Obstruction from Lithobazoar

Author by Dr. Clement Onuoha

Journal/Publisher: African Journal Of Paediatric Surgery

Volume/Edition: 2

Language: English

Pages: 110 - 112


Background: Lithobezoar refers to stones within the gastrointestinal tract. Most often found in children, they can precipitate intestinal obstruction, mimicking a variety of mediccal and surgical conditions.

Patients and Methods:  A case of an 11 years old boy with obstruction due lithobezoar is presented

Rresult: A 5kg load of stones was successfuly evacuated nonoperatively from the rectum after a plain radiological confirmation of lithobezoar.

Conclusion: Lithobezoar is a cause of intestinal obstruction in children. the diagnosis of lithobezoar requires a high index of suspicion. Non operative transrectal manual evacuation  of the stones is a feasible treatment modality that could help avoid costly surgical operations. 

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