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Bowel obstruction from wild bananas: a neglected health problem in Laos

By Günther Slesak, Kaisouksavanh Mounlaphome, Saythong Inthalad, Ounheaun Phoutsavath, Mayfong Mayxay and Paul N Newton

Abstract

We investigated the significance and risk factors of bowel obstruction caused by the consumption of wild bananas (BOWB) in Laos. Of six patients with BOWB in Luang Namtha, North Laos, five required enterotomy for phytobezoars. All had eaten wild banana (WB) seeds

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Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press
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