Doctors Remove 48 cm Hairball From Stomach Of Teen With Rapu
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A 17-year-old teenager from the UK who ate her own hair ended up developing a massive hairball in her stomach that tore through her stomach wall. The oval-shaped hairball was 48 centimeters long and completely filled her stomach, according to a new report published in BMJ Case Reports.

The teen was diagnosed with Rapunzel syndrome which is an extremely rare intestinal condition in humans resulting from the ingestion of hair. The patient was taken to the hospital after she fainted twice, bruising her face and scalp during the falls. When doctors spotted swelling her the woman's upper abdomen, they ruled out that a head injury was to blame.

She had also said that she experienced intermittent abdominal pain during the previous five months, which had grown more severe in the two weeks leading up to hospitalisation. A CT scan then revealed a large mass inside her grossly distended stomach and a tear in the organ lining. The teen had a known history of trichotillomania. The hairball had grown so large that it had "formed a cast of the entire stomach," the authors wrote.

According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, between 0.5 percent and 3 percent of people will experience trichotillomania at some point in their lives. Only about 10 percent to 30 percent of people with trichotillomania also have trichophagia. The woman was discharged from the hospital in seven days, after psychiatric evaluation and post-operative healing.

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