Small-bowel carcinoid presenting in association with a phytobezoar

Can J Surg. 1991 Aug;34(4):331-3.


An unusual case of a recurrent, postoperative, small-bowel obstruction is presented. The obstruction was due to a phytobezoar proximal to the site of a primary carcinoid of the small bowel. The radiologic findings of a mobile, intraluminal filling defect and a more distal, fixed mural mass are reviewed. The cause of the recurrent obstruction was likely a "ball-valve" effect of the phytobezoar at the site of stenosis caused by the carcinoid. This case emphasizes the value of small-bowel imaging in repeated small-bowel obstruction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bezoars / complications*
  • Bezoars / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoid Tumor / complications*
  • Carcinoid Tumor / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoid Tumor / surgery
  • Colonic Neoplasms / complications*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Colonic Neoplasms / surgery
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Intestine, Small* / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Recurrence