Trichobezoar and Rapunzel syndrome: A review

Oncology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Reports,2015,4,1,28-29.
Published:January 2015
Type:Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Ashok Kumar Sharma, Akhlak Hussain1, Darshan Walia, Sanjay Bansal

Departments of Paediatric Surgery, and 1Surgery, Unit III, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, Punjab, India


Rapunzel syndrome is a rare variant of trichobezoar where the long tail of accumulated hairs extends to the small intestine. Gastrotomy of a 7‑year‑old female child revealed a mass consisting of hairs and remains of threads that occupied the entire stomach extending up to the jejunum. This is a unique case report of Rapunzel syndrome with habit of eating threads in addition with hair. Treatment and psychological support of the mental as well as physical disorder is important for prevention of its recurrence.