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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 275-277

Rapunzel Syndrome Case Report: A 13-year-old Girl


Department of General Surgery, Ministry of Health, Nevsehir State Hospital, Nevsehir, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Hakan Ozdemir
Department of General Surgery, Ministry of Health Nevsehir State Hospital, Nevsehir
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.111202

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Bezoars are masses, which are commonly encountered in patients after stomach surgery or in those with psychiatric problems, formed by the accumulation of intraluminal nondigestible substances that can lead to obstruction of the stomach and the small intestine. The anatomical changes in the gastrointestinal tract are known to cause bezoar formation. In the absence of an anatomical change, psychiatric disorders such as trichotillomania may lead to the formation of trichobezoars in the stomach. The so-called Rapunzel syndrome is the extension of the bezoars down to the duodenum and the jejunum, which is a rare condition. In this paper, a 13-year-old patient with trichotillomania is reported, who was admitted to our clinic with nausea, vomiting, and fatigue complaints, in whom a giant trichobezoar was identified, which completely filled the stomach and duodenum, without causing obstruction.


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