Pathogenetic aspects of persimmon bezoars: A case-control retrospective study

Daniel Benharroch, Pavel Krugliak, Avi Porath, Elisha Zurgil, Yaron Niv

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Calyx
  • Persimmon
  • Phytobezoar
  • Shibuol
  • Tannin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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