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

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Poor stomach empty

Bezoars usually in pts with poor emptying of stomach, e.
g. Diabetics, prior surgery to stomach, etc. Usually from pulpy fruit, e.g. Persimmon; uncommonly can be a "hair ball" (like in cats), in people w/psych issues who eat hair. Can cause no symptoms; can cause nausea, bloat, pain, bleeding, anemia, blockage. Can be broken up and removed. Underlying issues addressed, may need diet, med change.

In brief: Poor stomach empty

Bezoars usually in pts with poor emptying of stomach, e.
g. Diabetics, prior surgery to stomach, etc. Usually from pulpy fruit, e.g. Persimmon; uncommonly can be a "hair ball" (like in cats), in people w/psych issues who eat hair. Can cause no symptoms; can cause nausea, bloat, pain, bleeding, anemia, blockage. Can be broken up and removed. Underlying issues addressed, may need diet, med change.
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