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The Rapunzel syndrome: case report and review of the literature


, : The Rapunzel syndrome: case report and review of the literature. Pediatric Surgery International 11(7): 493-495

We report a case of a gastric trichobezoar (TB) extending throughout the small bowel in a child. The possibility of a TB causing an epigastric mass should be borne in mind, and ultrasonography could be used to support such a diagnosis. These bezoars should be considered to possibly have extensions for which there may be no preoperative or endoscopic evidence. Their complete operative removal is required. A psychiatric consultation and long-term follow-up are necessary, as recurrence of trichophagia and eventually the TB could occur.

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PMID: 24057792

DOI: 10.1007/BF00180092


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