A J-shaped mass in the abdomen

Guneesh Dadayal, Dipesh D Duttaroy and Sashidhar Yeluri
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (11): 673. || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb00075.x
Published online: 5 December 2005

A 25-year-old woman with clinical depression was referred with vague epigastric pain and early satiety after meals for 6 months. Abdominal examination revealed an indentable J-shaped mass in the epigastrium. A barium meal examination was subsequently carried out.

The image shows a whorled, stippled mass occupying the stomach, forming a ‘J’ shape. The most likely diagnosis was a trichobezoar. Bezoars are of different kinds and commonly include hair (trichobezoar), vegetable fibres (phytobezoar) or medications (pharmacobezoar). About 90% of bezoars are encountered in women, and about 10% of these patients have a psychiatric disorder.

The patient underwent exploratory laparotomy with gastrotomy and removal of a large hairball, which had an extension into the duodenum.

  • Guneesh Dadayal1
  • Dipesh D Duttaroy2
  • Sashidhar Yeluri3

  • Department of General Surgery, SSG Hospital and Medical College, Baroda, Gujarat, India.



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