Received: December 09, 2009
Accepted: January 05, 2010
Ref: Yagnik VD, Parmar G, Yagnik BD. Rapunzel Syndrome: a rare cause of acute small bowel obstruction. Internet J Med Update 2010 Jul;5(2):71-72.
RAPUNZEL SYNDROME: A RARE CAUSE OF ACUTE SMALL BOWEL OBSTRUCTION
Dr. Vipul D Yagnik*, Dr. Ghanshyam Parmar† and Dr. Bhargav D Yagnik‡
*Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Pramukhswami Medical College, Shri Krishna Hospital, Karamsad, Gujarat, India
†Consultant Surgeon, G K General Hospital, Bhuj, Gujarat, India
‡General Practitioner, Karamsad, Gujarat, India
(Corresponding Author: Dr. Vipul D Yagnik, Department of Surgery, Pramukhswami Medical College, Shri Krishna Hospital, Karamsad, Gujarat, India; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Rapunzel syndrome is a very rare condition where trichobezoar has extended up to the small bowel. Here we are reporting a rare case of Rapunzel syndrome in an adolescent girl with history of trichophagia who presented with small bowel obstruction. Patient underwent exploratory laparotomy and bezoar was removed through gastrotomy. Post-operative course was unremarkable.
KEY WORDS: Rapunzel syndrome; Trichobezoars; Psychotherapy; Gastrotomy