Revista médica de Chile
versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887
CORTES, Claudio y SILVA, Claudio. Gastric bezoar as complication of gastric banding: Report of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2008, vol.136, n.11, pp. 1457-1459. ISSN 0034-9887. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872008001100013.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is used for the management of morbid obesity. Phytobezoars are rarely reported as a complication of this operation and are usually extracted by endoscopic means. We report a 48 year-old male subjected to a gastric banding, that consulted for progressive dysphagia, six months after the operation. A barium meal x-ray examination demonstrated the presence of a bezoar that was dissolved in one week using papain. A control barium meal confirmed the disappearance of the bezoar .
Palabras clave : Bariatric surgery; Bezoars; Papain.