Prolonged epigastric pain caused by a leaf stem embedded in the gastric wall

Takahiro Yoshioka, Masaya Iwamuro, Haruo Takeda, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara

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A 67-year-old woman underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy to determine the cause of her prolonged epigastric pain. During the examination, a sharp-pointed foreign body was observed; the edge of the object had been embedded in the gastric wall. The object was removed via an endoscope, and the patients’ symptoms improved immediately. Based on a dietary history and an electron microscope examination, we identified the object as a stem of mizuna, a potherb mustard. Our report indicates that commonly eaten leafy green vegetables can act as sharp-pointed foreign bodies with the potential to injure the upper gastrointestinal tract.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2497-2500
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Electron microscopy
  • Epigastric pain
  • Foreign body
  • Leaf stem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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