European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 155, Issue 1, pp 18–19

The rapunzel syndrome (trichobezoar) causing gastric perforation in a child: A case report

  • Nuran Pul
  • Mehmet Pul

DOI: 10.1007/BF02115620

Cite this article as:
Pul, N. & Pul, M. Eur J Pediatr (1996) 155: 18. doi:10.1007/BF02115620


The Rapunzel syndrome (RS), is a rare form of gastric trichobezoar extending throughout the bowel. We report on a patient with RS causing gastric perforation and discuss the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of this unusual syndrome. RS is found characteristically in girls with varying gastro-intestinal symptoms. The recommended treatment for large or complicated trichobezoars is surgery. Psychiatric follow up is essential to diminish the frequency of reccurrence.

Key words

TrichobezoarRapunzel syndromeChild

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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuran Pul
    • 1
  • Mehmet Pul
    • 2
  1. 1.Atliğ Is Merkezi Kat: 1Çocuk Sağliği ve Hastaliklari UzmaniEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Paediatric Surgery of Trakya University Medical Faculty HospitalEdirneTurkey