An unusual case of bleeding from stomach due to a giant diospyrobezoar

Medicina (Kaunas). 2009;45(6):476-9.


Gastric bezoars may be formed in the stomach as a result of foreign body accumulation with inability to pass through the pylorus. Usually bezoars are found in patients with a history of previous gastric surgery. Phytobezoars are the most common type of bezoars. Major complications of bezoars include intestinal obstruction, gastric ulcer, gastric perforation, and bleeding. We present the case of a 51-year-old woman with the features of gastrointestinal bleeding due to a giant diospyrobezoar in the stomach. During endoscopy besides the bezoar, a giant acute ulcer was found. Histological examination of biopsy specimens from ulcer area revealed changes typical of superficial ischemic damage due to prolonged bezoar compression. The patient had undergone a vagotomy and pyloroplasty 13 years ago, and she used to eat two or three persimmons per week during the last six months. The bezoar was fragmented during two endoscopies, and the fragments drifted away through the intestine. We conclude that delayed gastric emptying due to previous gastric surgery and regular eating of persimmons caused the formation of a giant bezoar with ischemic ulcer of gastric mucosa and bleeding. Such pathology potentially could be prevented by dietary advice.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Bezoars* / complications
  • Bezoars* / etiology
  • Bezoars* / pathology
  • Bezoars* / surgery
  • Biopsy
  • Diospyros
  • Endoscopy
  • Female
  • Gastric Emptying
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Stomach Ulcer / etiology
  • Stomach Ulcer / pathology