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A huge trichobezoar in the jejunum

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2006;49(5):574-576.
Published online May 15, 2006.
A huge trichobezoar in the jejunum
Ho Kyung Lim, Young Ok Kim, Young Jong Woo
Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea
공장의 모발석 1례
임호경, 김영옥, 우영종
전남대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
Correspondence: 
Young Ok Kim, Email: ik052@unitel.co.kr
Abstract
An otherwise healthy, 8-year-old girl presented with vague abdominal pain, vomiting, and a tensely distended abdomen. Abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography demonstrated a huge amount of jejunal material, about 10 cm long, resulting in near obstruction of the jejunum. The material was removed surgically and a postoperative pathologic report confirmed that it was a trichobezoar. A postoperative consultation with a pediatric psychologist revealed neither abnormal behavioral tendencies nor overt psychopathology. After removing the trichobezoar from the jejunum, her health improved completely. We report a rare case of a huge jejunal trichobezoar in a normally developed child with no psychological problems.
Key Words: Jejunal trichobezoar


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