To prove that ingestion of unpeeled persimmon is necessary for the development of a persimmon phytobezoar, we interviewed 15 patients, in most of whom this condition developed after peptic ulcer surgery. We compared the study group with a control group of 15 patients who had undergone peptic ulcer surgery but did not have a bezoar. In contrast with the control group, most patients with bezoars had ingested unpeeled fruits (p < 0.01). While ingestion of persimmon carried a 9.8-fold risk of bezoar development, ingestion of the unpeeled fruit increased the risk of this complication 56 times over that of age- and sex-matched controls. We recommend that patients who have undergone ulcer surgery be warned particularly against eating unpeeled persimmons.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1993|
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