Rapunzel syndrome

Rapunzel Syndrome

Rapunzel syndrome

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The Rapunzel syndrome is an extremely rare intestinal condition in humans resulting from eating hair (trichophagia). The syndrome is named after the long-haired girl Rapunzel in the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Trichophagia is sometimes associated with the hair pulling disorder trichotillomania.

Characteristics of the syndrome include:

At least fourteen cases have been reported in the pediatric age group.


Because the human gastrointestinal tract is unable to digest human hairs, the trichobezoar usually has to be treated surgically.

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