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Are bezoars serious?

Bezoars can be serious. They may directly irritate the gastrointestinal tract, causing ulcers, pain or bleeding. They may be large enough to block food and fluid from passing. Early signs of a serious bezoar could be:
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
Intense pain, severe vomiting or passing of blood may mean that the problem has become serious enough to require surgery.

Bezoars usually are not serious. In most cases bezoars cause no symptoms and pass through the body without incident. However, in rare instances, bezoars can block the openings to the stomach, small intestines, or colon. In these cases, a person with a bezoar may experience bloody stools, fever, weight loss, or pain. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

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