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08 September 2003

Recurrent Rapunzel syndrome – a case report

Sattar A. Memon, Parkash Mandhan, Javed Naeem Qureshi, Asif Jamil Shairani

Med Sci Monit 2003; 9(9): CS92-94 :: ID: 13200


Background:Rapunzel syndrome is a rare condition and occurs when gastric trichobezoar extends beyond the pylorus into the bowel. Till to date, only thirteen such cases have been reported in literature in paediatric age group. We present an additional case and also report the first recurrence of the Rapunzel syndrome in a child.Case Report:Rapunzel syndrome in a 12-year-old girl is presented who also had the recurrence. The pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment and literature are reviewed briefly.Conclusions:Recurrence of Rapunzel Syndrome is very uncommon, and does occur only if the patients are left untreated for their underlying problem. Therefore, to prevent this, a comprehensive management should always be considered.

Keywords: Adolescent, Bezoars - diagnosis, Bezoars - pathology, Bezoars - surgery, Gastrostomy, Ileal Diseases - etiology, Intussusception - etiology, Jejunum - surgery, Recurrence, Stomach - surgery, Stomach Diseases - diagnosis, Stomach Diseases - etiology, Stomach Diseases - surgery, Syndrome

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