Bolus obstruction of the intestine : case reports

Knott-Craig, C. J. ; Du Toit, D. F. ; Van Schalkwyk, P. ; Van Rensburg, L. C. J. (1985-06)


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Two cases of intestinal obstruction caused by peaches are reported. In the first case steamed dried peaches were eaten by a 56-year-old woman who had undergone a Billroth I gastrectomy 18 years previously, while in the second case canned peach halves were swallowed whole by a 75-year-old edentulous man. The cases both typify the usual clinical setting of bolus obstruction, certain aspects of which are discussed. The responsibility of the attending practitioner to advise his high-risk patients with regard to their diets is emphasized.

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