Rapunzel syndrome


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A fanciful term for the symptoms of a massive trichobezoar caused by trichotillomania and trichophagia, which occurs mainly in female psychiatric or mentally retarded patients
Imaging Mass lesion, usually gastric with ‘strands’ of hair extending into upper small intestine
Lab Hypochromic microcytic anaemia—hair chelates iron
Management Surgery

Rapunzel syndrome

A fanciful term for the Sx of a massive trichobezoar caused by trichotillomania and trichophagia, seen mainly in mentally retarded or deranged ♀ Clinical Epigastric pain, bloating, N&V Radiology Mass lesion, usually gastric with 'strands' of hair extending into upper small intestine Lab Hypochromic microcytic anemia–hair is an iron chelator Treatment Surgery. See Bezoar.

Rapunzel syndrome

(ră-pŭn′zĕl) [ Rapunzel, a long-haired girl in a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm]
The extension of a hairball into the small intestine, causing obstruction of the small or large bowel.

Rapunzel,

legendary young woman whose long hair allowed her to escape from a tower in which she was held captive.
Rapunzel syndrome - internal matter that has formed a compact body that occasionally assumes the appearance of strands of twisted hair that extend from a bezoar through the intestine. Synonym(s): bezoar
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Rapunzel syndrome causing gastric emphysema and small bowel obstruction.
Trichobezoar, Rapunzel syndrome, Tricho-plaster bezoar--a report of three cases.
Rapunzel syndrome with a fatal outcome in a neglected child.
11) The complications of Rapunzel syndrome ranges from attacks of incomplete pyloric obstruction to complete obstruction of the bowel and rarely perforation, peritonitis and mortality.
The Rapunzel syndrome is a very rare condition where trichobezoar has extended up to the small bowel.
It developed from her chewing her hair, a condition known as Rapunzel syndrome.
Millie had a huge ball of her own hair in her belly and was suffering from a rare and bizarre disorder called Rapunzel syndrome.
This condition, called Rapunzel syndrome, was first described by Vaughan et al.
The term Rapunzel syndrome was coined by Vaughan and associates in 1968, for an unusual manifestation of a trichobezoar in which the mass extends from the stomach and duodenum through a large portion of the small intestine.
Trichobezoar commonly occurs in stomach, and when extends into the duodenum, the proximal small intestine or the ascending colon it is called RAPUNZEL SYNDROME (3).