BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-223051
  • Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect

Osteoid bezoar: a rare case causing small bowel obstruction

  1. Devbrata Adhikari
  1. Department of General Surgery, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Mumbai, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Umang Trivedi, umangatrivedi{at} and Dr Devbrata Adhikari, docdev84{at}
  • Accepted 2 December 2017
  • Published 22 December 2017


Acute intestinal obstruction due to foreign bodies or bezoar is a rare occurrence in an adult. We report an unusual case of a 27-year-old male patient with no previous history of abdominal surgery or other medical disease, who presented with an acute episode of intestinal obstruction due to ingestion of a bone piece which was managed surgically by enterotomy, and the patient had an uneventful postoperative course. He was advised regular follow-up once in 2 weeks initially and once a month subsequently. He had no problems at the end of 6 months.


  • Contributors UT is responsible for admitting the patient and surgical care, and is involved in writing the manuscript and its review. MK is responsible for the surgical care, and is involved in writing the manuscript and its review. VK is responsible for admitting the patient, surgical care and postoperative management of the patient. DA is responsible for the postoperative care of the patient and is involved in critical review of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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