Phytobezoar causing intestinal obstruction in a neonate: A case report


  • Ravi Patcharu Army Hospital( Research & Referral), New Delhi
  • Karunesh Chand Dept of Paediatric Surgery, Army Hospital(Research & Referral), New Delhi
  • Badal Parikh Dept of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Army Hospital(Research & Referral), New Delhi



Neonate, Intestinal obstruction, Phytobezoar, Jatakarma


Background: Phytobezoars are concretions of non-digestible vegetative matter in the gastroin­testinal tract and are a rare cause of intestinal obstruction in children.

Case presentation: We report a case of intestinal obstruction in a 2-day-old neonate with no specific radiological features pointing to any common etiology. On exploratory laparotomy, a swollen raisin was found impacted in the ileum causing intestinal obstruction. The history taken in retrospect revealed that the elder sibling had witnessed her father perform a traditional ritual of putting a drop of honey into the mouth of the newborn and she imitated the same with a raisin, which led to the obstruction.

Conclusion: A careful detailed history of local traditional rituals is at times, the most important pointer towards the etiology of a clinical condition. The basic clinical skill of history taking is still very important, despite the availability of advanced radiological investigations.


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Patcharu R, Chand K, Parikh B. Phytobezoar causing intestinal obstruction in a neonate: A case report. J Neonatal Surg [Internet]. 2020Dec.31 [cited 2021Sep.25];10:3. Available from: