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Rapunzel Syndrome (also known as Trichobezoar) is an extremely rare intestinal condition. It is named after the beautiful long-haired character Rapunzel in the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

Its characteristics include:

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


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

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