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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 136963, 3 pages
Case Report

Gastric Trichobezoar: An Enduring Intrigue

Department of Surgery, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 719 Umbilo Road, Congella 4013, South Africa

Received 26 September 2012; Accepted 8 November 2012

Academic Editors: H. Akiho and A. J. Lembo

Copyright © 2012 S. Mewa Kinoo and B. Singh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Trichobezoar is a rare condition that may pose a diagnostic challenge. Patients with this condition often have an underlying psychiatric illness, and history may not be easily forthcoming. The condition should be entertained especially in young females. Delay in diagnosis may lead to futile complications. We report a classic case of trichobezoar in terms of patient profile, presentation, and investigative findings.