We report a case of a 4-year-old girl with limited financial resources, a background history marked by chronic abdominal discomfort and a positive Helicobacter pylori stool antigen test. The child presented with pallor, striking epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting. Blood tests reported high serum lipase levels. Investigations showed proof of nodular gastritis, intussusception and mild acute pancreatitis. The surgical procedure revealed Rapunzel syndrome complicated with intussusception and intestinal perforation, successfully treated. The postoperative course went uncomplicated.
- Child and adolescent psychiatry (paediatrics)
- Eating disorders
- Stomach and duodenum
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Contributors IOJ, SA, MLI and MH contributed equally to the design and implementation of the case report, to the analysis of the results and to the writing of the manuscript.
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