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2022 Feb 03

Int J Surg Case Rep


Khat induced bezoar; a rare cause of small bowel obstruction:a case report.


Beyene B, Mohammadsani B, Abdlhadi M, Getachew K, Ahmedin H
Int J Surg Case Rep. 2022 Feb 03; 91:106811.
PMID: 35131624.


Bezoar-induced small bowel obstruction (sbo) is a rare entity that might be difficult to establish diagnosis preoperatively. There are a multitude of factors attributed to its occurrence in different literature. Khat chewing which is widely practiced in eastern African and Middle East countries might contribute directly or indirectly to bezoar formation. It has chemicals known to decrease bowel motility thereby, possibly leading to concretion of proximal gastrointestinal contents. The aim of this case report is to give emphasis on the effect of khat towards bezoar formation as a result of alteration in bowel motility.