Trichobezoars as a cause of gastrointestinal obstructions: The Rapunzel syndrome

Şeker B., Dilek O. N., Karaayvaz M.

Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica, vol.59, no.2, pp.166-167, 1996 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Journal Name: Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.166-167
  • Keywords: intestinal obstruction, Rapunzel syndrome, trichobezoar
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


We report a trichobezoar extending from the stomach through the entire length of the small intestine to the caecum. A case history of a 6-year-old girl with trichobezoar is described. She is the ninth patient with Rapunzel syndrome in the literature. The epidemiology, clinical features, complications, treatment and literature are briefly reviewed.