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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 267319, 4 pages
Case Report

Rapunzel Syndrome: A Rare Presentation with Giant Gastric Ulcer

First Department of Surgery, Laikon General Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Agiou Thoma Street 17, Attiki, 11527 Athens, Greece

Received 21 August 2014; Accepted 19 October 2014; Published 6 November 2014

Academic Editor: Tobias Keck

Copyright © 2014 Antonios Athanasiou et al. 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.


The Rapunzel syndrome refers to an uncommon and rare form of trichobezoar that extends past the stomach into the small intestines. The Rapunzel syndrome is usually found in young female patients with a history of psychiatric disorders, mainly trichotillomania and trichophagia. We describe a case of Rapunzel syndrome in a 15-year-old girl who presented with abdominal pain, vomiting, and weight loss. We performed a surgical laparotomy and successfully removed a huge trichobezoar extending into the small intestine.