A person who swallows chewing gum frequently is at risk of developing a chewing bezoar.


Risk factors for a chewing gum bezoar:

(1) swallowing multiple pieces of gum every day

(2) small child with ready access to gum


Clinical findings:

(1) constipation or vague abdominal complaints

(2) chronic coughing or drooling

(3) an intraluminal mass in esophagus or rectum (fecoma) with the "taffy pull" sign


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