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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 4121969, 4 pages
Case Report

A Rare Case of an Early Postoperative Obstructive Ileus in a Young Female Patient due to a Residual Trichobezoar Mass

Surgical Department, Airedale General Hospital, West Yorkshire BD20 6TD, UK

Received 8 December 2015; Revised 16 February 2016; Accepted 23 March 2016

Academic Editor: Muthukumaran Rangarajan

Copyright © 2016 P. Christopoulos et al. 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.


Trichobezoar is a rare cause of small bowel obstruction, whereby a mass forms most commonly in the stomach and duodenum of young females, from ingestion of hair, a condition known as trichophagia. We present a case of recurrent small bowel obstruction due to a residual hair mass that was removed surgically in a young female patient who had a laparotomy and gastrotomy for removal of a large gastric trichobezoar just two weeks prior to the current admission. This case illustrates the importance of a thorough inspection of the whole bowel to ensure that no residual bezoars remain after surgery.