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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 254741, 3 pages
Case Report

Treatment of a Gastric Lactobezoar with N-Acetylcysteine

1Department of Pediatrics, Rush University Medical Center, Jones Building, 1653 W Congress Pkwy, Suite 770, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
2Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Rush University Medical Center, Professional Building, 1725 W Harrison Street, Suite 710, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

Received 21 September 2014; Accepted 28 October 2014; Published 23 November 2014

Academic Editor: Sachiyo Nomura

Copyright © 2014 Brandon Sparks and Anil Kesavan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lactobezoars are a rare finding with potentially serious sequelae in pediatric patients with feeding intolerance. Aggressive treatment may be preferred to traditional treatments to avoid complications in medically complex patients. In our patient, N-acetylcysteine lavage was a safe and effective alternative that resulted in rapid resolution of his feeding intolerance.