ARVEL E. HALEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Bezoars, although fairly rare, are likely to pose clinical problems when they enter into the differential diagnosis of disorders causing abdominal pain, or when they are encountered by chance in x-ray examinations of the abdomen. Reports of bezoars have appeared periodically in the literature since the first case in man was described by M. Baudamant in Paris in 1779.1
A bezoar is a bulky mass of a type of foreign material occurring in the stomach or intestine of man or animal. It is prone to be a cause of acute or chronic disease as a result of impairment of the
HALEY AE. BEZOARS*. Ann Intern Med. 1957;46:30–42. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-46-1-30
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(1):30-42.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Hematology/Oncology, Hospital Medicine.
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