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I've heard that eating certain foods can cause bezoars. What are bezoars?

I've heard that eating certain foods can cause bezoars. What are bezoars?

A bezoar (BE-zor) is a solid mass of indigestible material that accumulates in your digestive tract, sometimes causing a blockage: Bezoars usually form in the stomach, sometimes in the small intestine or, rarely, the large intestine. They can occur in children and adults. Bezoars occur most often in people with certain risk factors, including if you: Had gastric surgery that results in delayed stomach emptying, Have decreased stomach size or reduced stomach acid production, Have diabetes or end-stage kidney disease , Receive breathing help with mechanical ventilation. One type of bezoar (trichobezoar) may occur in people with psychiatric illness or developmental disabilities. Bezoars are classified according to the material that forms them: Phytobezoars, Trichobezoars, Pharmacobezoars. Bezoars can cause lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and a feeling of fullness after eating only a little food. Bezoars can also cause gastric ulcers, intestinal bleeding and obstruction, leading to tissue death (gangrene) in a portion of the digestive tract. Small bezoars may pass through the digestive tract on their own or after you take medication to help dissolve the mass. Severe cases, especially large trichobezoars, often require surgery. If you don't have one of the risk factors for bezoars, you're not likely to develop them. If you are at risk, reducing your intake of foods with high amounts of indigestible cellulose may reduce your risk. ...Read more

Bezoar (Definition)

Bezoar = solid mass of indigestible material ...Read more


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Are tonsilloliths distantly related to bezoar?

Are tonsilloliths distantly related to bezoar?

Not really: The two disorders are not related, the tonsoliths are not harmful and the bezoars may be. ...Read more

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Could eating chia seeds cause metallic taste in mouth?

Could eating chia seeds cause metallic taste in mouth?

chia seeds: There is no definitive cause of metallic taste in the mouth, but there are numerous possibilities. If you had no metallic taste before eating the seeds, and if the metallic taste disappears if you stop eating the seeds, then it may be the seeds. If the metallic taste lingers, see your dentist or ENT specialist for an examination. ...Read more

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Can eating kimchi cause gastric cancer?

YES IN HIGH DOSES: If you have a steady diet of fermented foods, such as kimchi, there have been studies which show a relationship to gastric cancer. But , if you eat a balanced, diverse diet with occasional intake of kimchi or other fermented foods, you won't take on much risk. Remember, the dose makes the poison. So, indulge in moderation, and enjoy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are large-mouth diverticula more serious than small-mouth diverticula?

Are large-mouth diverticula more serious than small-mouth diverticula?

A trend, yes because: all diverticuli=openings through the muscular wall of the colon through which colonic mucosal lining has been pushed by intracolonic pressure higher than intra-abdominal pressure. Around the diverticuli, the only tissue separating fecal (~50% bacteria by volume & wt.) material from the intra-abdominal space is the thin, fragile mucosal lining. Drivers: stalling evacuating, constipation, dehydation ...Read more

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Does swallowing foil or toothbrush bristles caused appendicitis?

Does swallowing foil or toothbrush bristles caused appendicitis?

No: But not a good idea. Hopefully swallowed foreign objects will pass without incident. ...Read more

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Can gallstones cause salty taste in mouth?

Can gallstones cause salty taste in mouth?

Not aware: Of any association between gallstones & taste unless you are taking antibiotics that affect taste or have had repeated vomiting. ...Read more

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Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Unlikely: Gall bladder cancer is uncommon. Please consult this site for information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallbladder-cancer/basics/definition/con-20023909 ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing? Is that esophageal disorder or cancer?

Difficulty swallowing? Is that esophageal disorder or cancer?

Needs more eval: These symptoms could indicate either. Make an appointment with your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist. Common tests would include an upper endoscopy or an esophagram. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer cause swallowing disorders?

Can esophageal cancer cause swallowing disorders?

Yes: The major disorder is the inability to swallow food or liquid comfortably. Esophageal cancer is generally circumferential, like a doughnut. The hole or the lumen becomes smaller as the cancer grows, making it difficult for food and then liquid to pass through. This is called dysphagia. It can be treated with radiation, placing a stent or surgery with removal and replacement of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Can solid food cause constipation?

Can solid food cause constipation?

Yes: Some can. In particular, rice cereal, bananas, potatoes, bread, cheese and pasta tend to be more constipating. Try to offer oatmeal cereal instead and more high fiber foods. Fruits and vegetables can help. Pureed prunes and pears are helpful for young babies. ...Read more

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Can a barium swallow detect esophageal cancer?

Can a barium swallow detect esophageal cancer?

Yes,: but endoscopy is better, and any abnormality that looks like cancer detected on barium swallow will need an endoscopy/biopsy anyway. ...Read more

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How do certain foods eaten in gulps weaken the lower esophageal sphincter?

How do certain foods eaten in gulps weaken the lower esophageal sphincter?

Not sure: I agree, and you would have just ruined the hot dog gorging contests if true. The lower esophageal sphincter is more functional than an anatomic vice, ergo hard to rupture. I am not endorsing gulping or gorging, but sphincter tome is determined more by ph, hormones, and diaphragm anatomy than swallowing. ...Read more

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Vomiting heartburn digestion problems maybe appendix hernia ulcer?

Vomiting heartburn digestion problems maybe appendix hernia ulcer?

Possibilities: With the symptoms you've described, appendicitis is unlikely. More likely are a hiatal hernia or an ulcer. Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and stay upgright (don't lay flat) 2 hours after eating. You can also try some over the counter antacids. If your symptoms persist you should see your doctor as an upper endoscopy might be informative. ...Read more

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Can eating Oreo cookies cause black diarrhea?

Can eating Oreo cookies cause black diarrhea?

Not likely: The biggest concern would be a gastrointestinal bleed. Any such diarrhea should be evaluated. ...Read more

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3 large tori in toof of mouth sometimes cause choking on food, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or trap food. What specialists remove tori? Risks?

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3 large tori in toof of mouth sometimes cause choking on food, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or trap food.  What specialists remove tori? Risks?

Oral Surgeon: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery requires additional 4-6 years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school with DDS or DMD degree. They perform surgeries and manage a wide variety of problems relating to the oral cavity, teeth and facial regions. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bezoar?

What are the symptoms of bezoar?

Bezoar: Gastric bezoars are usually asymptomatic, although unspecific symptoms may appear. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, weight loss, feeling of gastric fullness and foul breath. ...Read more

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What is a bezoar and how does it affect human?

What is a bezoar and how does it affect human?

Hair ball.: Some people pick hair and eat it. The ball can collect and enlarge in the stomach or intestine. Worst case, blockage, at which point it must be removed! ...Read more

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Are tonsilloliths distantly related to bezoar?

Not really: The two disorders are not related, the tonsoliths are not harmful and the bezoars may be. ...Read more

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My grandpa's doctor said he has a bezoar. Tell me more?

My grandpa's doctor said he has a bezoar.  Tell me more?

Bezoar: Gastric bezoars are usually asymptomatic, although unspecific symptoms may appear. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, weight loss, feeling of gastric fullness and foul breath.Phytobezoars are composed of vegetable matter and are the most common type, trichobezoars are composed of hair, and pharmacobezoars are composed of ingested medications. ...Read more

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Can a bezoar be diagnosed with abdominal ultrasound?

Can a bezoar be diagnosed with abdominal ultrasound?

Bezoar: Bezoars are detectable as a mass lesion on most tests (eg, x-ray, ultrasound, ct) that may be done to evaluate upper GI symptoms. They may be mistaken for tumors; upper endoscopy is usually done. On endoscopy, bezoars have an unmistakable irregular surface and may range in color from yellow-green to gray-black. An endoscopic biopsy that yields hair or plant material is diagnostic. ...Read more

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How can i tell if i have a bezoar or obstruction of bowel? im having mild pain/spasms that comes and goes, but stools have been marble sized fora week

Constipation: It sounds like you are constipated, not obstructed. As long as you are pooping you are not obstructed. It is unlikely that you have a bezoar unless you;ve been eating non digestible materials like hair. You may have some sort've IBS. See a gastroenterologist/ ...Read more