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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 84-87

A modified laparoscopic technique for the removal of nonfragmentable giant gastric trichobezoar


Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant, Government Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Senthilkumar Perumal
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant, Government Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/njs.NJS_20_19

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Bezoars are usually defined as collections of nondigestible matter that most commonly accumulates in the stomach and can sometimes extend to the small bowel. Trichobezoars are a rare entity which is most commonly observed in young psychiatric females with trichotillomania and trichophagia. Here, we report a case of giant gastric trichobezoar and a novel technique of laparoscopic removal in a 16 year old female with trichophagia. The giant gastric trichobezoar weighing about half a kilogram was removed en masse laparoscopically by a novel technique. She had an uneventful postoperative recovery and was discharged after psychiatric counseling.


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