Trichobezoar - An unusual cause of megaloblastic anemia and hypoproteinemia in childhood

Leslie H. Bernstein, Sidney Gutstein, Gershon Efron, Abdul Wagle, Eleanor Graham

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Abstract

A case of gastric bezoar in a 6-year-old child is discussed. The child presented with megaloblastic anemia due to vitamin B12 deficiency. In addition, hyperfolatemia and hypoalbuminemia were demonstrated. A combination of low B12 and markedly elevated serum folate in the presence of megaloblastic anemia suggests bacterial overgrowth within the upper small bowel. The implications of this combination of findings on the operative procedure for removal of the bezoar are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Digestive Diseases
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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