Warning about Potential for Intestinal Blockage by Juicing Whole Citrus Fruit!

Today I had a patient who had recently been admitted to hospital with a painful and frightening intestinal blockage. I delved and learned that she had been juicing vegetables and adding one or two whole lemons and sometimes a whole orange to the juicer. I was telling a colleague who had suffered the same experience although didn’t have to be actually admitted to the hospital and realized he had also juiced two lemons the day before. Please be aware that bezoars (the technical word for a mass that forms and can block the intestinal tract) can form from the white pith of citrus fruit.  These are sometimes called phytobezoars to distinguish them as having a plant origin.  You need a separate citrus juicer to avoid this happening!  Please pass this information on – it is especially relevant for anyone who has previous gastric surgery.

See a full report – Bezoars and orange pith Report