The surgical management of Rapunzel syndrome: a case series and literature review.

@article{Fallon2013TheSM,
  title={The surgical management of Rapunzel syndrome: a case series and literature review.},
  author={Sara Childress Fallon and Bethany J. Slater and Emily L Larimer and Mary L. Brandt and Monica E. Lopez},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={48 4},
  pages={830-4}
}
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The surgical removal of a trichobezoar is the rare end complication of the psychiatric disorders trichotillomania and trichophagia. The more severe form of the disease is termed Rapunzel syndrome, where the bezoar extends from the gastric body beyond the pylorus into the duodenum. Traditional therapy has included endoscopy, often with subsequent laparotomy, and associated psychiatric intervention. We present the largest and most recent series of patients with trichobezoars… CONTINUE READING
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