Rapunzel syndrome is an extremely rare form of trichobezoar in humans resulting from trichotillomania (irresistible urge to pull out hair) & trichophagia (compulsively eating hair).
- Body of a trichobezoar (hairball) located in the stomach, and its tail (hence the reference to Rapunzel in the syndrome’s name) in small bowel and/or in right colon
- Small/large bowel obstruction
- Occurring in psychiatric patients
- Patient’s history (disorders like Trichophagia and Trichotillomania)
- CT scan (determine the size and the extension of the trichobezoar)
- Surgery (as GIT unable to digest human hair)
- Psychiatric evaluation and treatment (due to the association with impulse control disorders, especially trichotillomania)