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What is an enterolith?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

An enterolith is another name for a bezoar. An enterolith is an agglomerated mass of indigestible material, usually hair or fibers. It is found in the digestive tract. They are rare, most often found in children with emotional disturbances, more often female, who may chew hair or other indigestible material. Because it fails to pass into the intestines, it can cause symptoms such as stomach pain, stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.

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