Rapunzel Syndrome: Trichobezoar in a 15-Year-Old Female Patient: A Case Report

  • Nandini Patil Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
  • Snehal Fegade Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
  • Anil Patil Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
  • Kiran Patil Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India
Keywords: Gastroscopy, Rapunzel, Trichobezoar

Abstract

Rapunzel syndrome is a type of trichobezoar, a very rare to find in clinical settings, wherein the hairball tail extends in small
bowel. Patient may present with varying signs ranging from vague abdominal pain to signs of intestinal obstruction. This case describes averagely built, averagely nourished young female of 15 years of age, no e/o anemia, jaundice, lymphadenopathy; per abdominal examination revealed an elliptical lump in epigastric region extending to umbilical region, lump was not freely mobile and non-tender. Early gastroscopy is indicated in patients with long history of vague abdominal pain, weight loss and hair loss in young females.

Author Biographies

Nandini Patil, Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India

Department of Surgery

Snehal Fegade, Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India

Department of Surgery

Anil Patil, Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Kiran Patil, Dr. Ulhas Patil Medical College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India

Professor, Department of Surgery

Published
2015-03-30