Case report. Small bowel obstruction due to phytobezoar formation within Meckel diverticulum: CT findings

J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1996 May-Jun;20(3):390-2. doi: 10.1097/00004728-199605000-00012.


Intestinal obstruction due to a phytobezoar within a Meckel diverticulum is exceedingly rare, with only seven reported cases in the surgical literature. The most important precipitating factor is the ingestion of agents high in fiber and cellulose. Small bowel obstruction in all but one case was due to retrograde propagation of the bezoar into the small bowel lumen. We report the clinical and CT findings in such a patient following a vegetarian diet.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bezoars / complications*
  • Bezoars / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Intestine, Small / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Meckel Diverticulum / complications*
  • Meckel Diverticulum / diagnostic imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed