Rapunzel's syndrome: gastric bezoars and endoscopic management

Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2006 Jan;16(1):111-9. doi: 10.1016/j.giec.2006.01.012.


The diagnosis of bezoar formation may be difficult secondary to the nonspecific clinical presentation. Once a diagnosis is reached, the clinician has many options for management. These management options are largely based on the size and composition of the bezoar along with the experience or preference of the operator. Once a bezoar has been safely treated, steps should be taken to avoid recurrence, because many patients may be at risk for reformation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bezoars / diagnosis*
  • Bezoars / diagnostic imaging
  • Bezoars / surgery*
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal*
  • Eponyms
  • Humans
  • Stomach*
  • Syndrome
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed