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Case report
Rare case of trichobezoar causing pancreatitis in a young woman
  1. Asma AlQaseer,
  2. Rawan A Rahman AlHarmi,
  3. Nooruddin AbuAli and
  4. Mohamed Ahmed
  1. General Surgery, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama, Bahrain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Asma AlQaseer; asma.alqaseer{at}


This is a case of a 14-year-old woman diagnosed with acute pancreatitis based on history and laboratory investigations. CT scan confirmed the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis along with the presence of two bezoars in the stomach and proximal jejunum. Gastroscopy showed a large trichobezoar with difficult endoscopic extraction. Accordingly, the patient underwent laparotomy, gastrostomy and enterotomy with successful removal of the large gastric and jejunal daughter bezoars. Following surgery, pancreatitis resolved and investigations returned to normal. Child psychiatry consultation was sought, and she was diagnosed with trichotillomania and trichophagia.

  • child and adolescent psychiatry
  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • pancreatitis

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  • Contributors AA: manuscript preparation. RAA: manuscript preparation. NA: involved in the management, supervision of manuscript preparation. MA: primary consultant, supervision of manuscript preparation.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.