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Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú

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HERNANDEZ GARCES, Héctor Rubén et al. Gastric Tricobezoar: a rare cause of tumoral syndrome and pyloric obstruction. Rev. gastroenterol. Perú [online]. 2015, vol.35, n.1, pp.93-96. ISSN 1022-5129.

A Trichobezoar is a rare tumoral mass of the gastrointestinal tract, formed mainly from the ingestion of hair. It contains also mucus and foods debris. Case presentation: A 22 years old female with a 10 years history of surgery secondary to gastric foreign body (trichobezoar), presents with abdominal pain, swelling, nausea and vomiting. Physical examination of the abdomen revealed a palpable mass in the epigastric and left upper quadrant regions. It was also noted areas of alopecia of the scalp. Discussion: Ninety percent of the trichobezoars present in females with a high frequency between 10 - 19 years. The treatment of bezoars (unless small in size) is mainly surgical. A psychiatric evaluation and follow up is important after surgery hence in most cases there is a psychological disorder that lead to the ingestion of hair

Keywords : Tricobezoares; Trichotillomania; Bezoars.

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