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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Millie had a huge ball of her own hair in her belly and was suffering from a rare and bizarre disorder called Rapunzel syndrome.
The Rapunzel syndrome is a rare clinical entity where a long tail of hair strands from the gastric trichobezoar extends along the small bowel to reach the caecum and beyond.
In rare cases, these tails extend as far as the terminal ileum and may cause small bowel obstruction, a complication known as Rapunzel syndrome.
It can beassociated with Rapunzel syndrome, which is where the person eats hair after they have pulled it out.