Closed perforation of the small bowel secondary to a phytobezoar: imaging findings

ÖZHAN OKTAR S., ERBAŞ G., YÜCEL C., Aslan E., Ozdemir H.

DIAGNOSTIC AND INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY, vol.13, no.1, pp.19-22, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.19-22
  • Keywords: intestinal perforation, ultrasonography, computed tomography, CT DIAGNOSIS, FECES SIGN, OBSTRUCTION, BEZOARS
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Small bowel perforation secondary to phytobezoars is a rare clinical entity, which is not well-documented in the radiological literature. Sonographic and computed tomography (CT) findings of a case of closed small bowel perforation secondary to phytobezoars in a patient with previous gastric surgery are presented. Both abdominal ultrasound and CT examinations revealed a collection containing air at the left lower quadrant as well as neighboring intraluminal masses suggestive of bezoars. We propose that appropriate CT examination is a very useful imaging modality for evaluating this kind of bowel perforation.