The rapunzel syndrome (trichobezoar) causing gastric perforation in a child: A case report

@article{Pul2005TheRS,
  title={The rapunzel syndrome (trichobezoar) causing gastric perforation in a child: A case report},
  author={Nuran Pul and Mehmet Pul},
  journal={European Journal of Pediatrics},
  year={2005},
  volume={155},
  pages={18-19}
}
  • N. Pul, M. Pul
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine
  • European Journal of Pediatrics
The Rapunzel syndrome (RS), is a rare form of gastric trichobezoar extending throughout the bowel. We report on a patient with RS causing gastric perforation and discuss the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of this unusual syndrome. RS is found characteristically in girls with varying gastro-intestinal symptoms. The recommended treatment for large or complicated trichobezoars is surgery. Psychiatric follow up is essential to diminish the frequency of reccurrence. 
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