Rapunzel Syndrome: A Rare Presentation with Giant Gastric Ulcer


Journal Article

© 2014 Antonios Athanasiou et al. The Rapunzel syndrome refers to an uncommon and rare form of trichobezoar that extends past the stomach into the small intestines. The Rapunzel syndrome is usually found in young female patients with a history of psychiatric disorders, mainly trichotillomania and trichophagia. We describe a case of Rapunzel syndrome in a 15-year-old girl who presented with abdominal pain, vomiting, and weight loss. We performed a surgical laparotomy and successfully removed a huge trichobezoar extending into the small intestine.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Athanasiou, A; Michalinos, A; Moris, D; Spartalis, E; Dimitrokallis, N; Kaminiotis, V; Oikonomou, D; Griniatsos, J; Felekouras, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2014 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1687-9635

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1687-9627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1155/2014/267319

Citation Source

  • Scopus