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, cilt.13, ss.19-22, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 13 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2007
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.19-22


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.