KOTA L. CHANDRASEKHARA, M.D.
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To the editor: I write to report a case of pumpkin-seed impaction in an otherwise healthy patient.
A 61-year-old woman presented to the emergency room with rectal pain and constipation of 2 days, duration. Her health was excellent except for mild obesity and she had no history of constipation or rectal disease. She had been on liquid protein diet. About 1 day before the onset of the rectal pain, she had eaten a cup of roasted, unshelled pumpkin seeds. A laxative and enemas had not relieved her constipation. Most examination findings were normal. A rectal examination showed a spastic sphincter
CHANDRASEKHARA KL. Pumpkin-Seed Impaction. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:675. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-675_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(5_Part_1):675.
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