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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-104

Laparoscopic management of rapunzel syndrome

Department of General Surgery, Apollo BGS Hospitals, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Jayanth Bannur Nagaraja
Apollo BGS Hospitals, Adichunchunagiri Road, Kuvempunagar, Mysore - 570 023, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_96_18

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Rapunzel syndrome is caused by ingestion of hairs, which leads to formation of trichobezoar, which can extend up to small intestine especially in girls. Utility of laparoscopic approach for this condition is not well established in this population. We are presenting a case of Rapunzel syndrome in a 14-year-old girl presenting as a cause of gastric outlet obstruction. Early diagnosis and extraction of trichobezoar by laparoscopic-assisted approach in children may be a better approach with respect to cosmesis, lesser morbidity, and early recovery.

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