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
(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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