Chopade Jyotsna R.* and Kudale Madhuri R.


Rapunzel syndrome is a rare form of intestinal condition .The syndrome is name after a fairy tale princess who has incredibly long hair. It is an usual form of Bezoar which is extending from stomach to small intestine or beyond. Bezoar are concretion of human or vegetable fiber that accumulate in GIT. Trichobezoar (gastric hair ball) which a type of bezoar and it is common in psychiatric disorder where patient chew and swallow their own hair. People who compulsively chew or swallow their own hair are said to be have trichopagia. Such a cases are found in mentally retard or emotionally disturbed patients. Most of the cases of trichpbezoar are reported in females than males. The diagnosis of the syndrome is done by Contract- enhanced computed tomography(CT) imaging, Ultrasonography, contrast radiography, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The main symptoms of Rapunzel syndromes are epigastric pain and vomiting. Here in this review we have discuss some cases related to Rapunzel syndrome.

Keywords: Bezoar, Trichopagia, Trichobezoar, Rapunzel syndrome, mentally retard.

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