The nauseating moment surgeons removed an 8lb HAIRBALL from a 12-year-old girl’s stomach

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The nauseating moment surgeons removed an 8lb HAIRBALL from a 12-year-old girl's stomach

Rapunzel syndrome is a rare condition where hairballs are found in the digestive tract after a person ingests their own hair.

It usually occurs in emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded youngsters.

A hairball, known as a bezoar, extends from the stomach, with it’s ‘tail’ in the small intestine.

Hairballs are accumulations of human or vegetable fibres that gather in the gastrointestinal tract.

They increase in size due to hair and fibre not being absorbed.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain and nausea.

Left untreated, hairballs can cause tearing and obstruction in the stomach and bowel.

Most hairballs occur from swallowed hair from people’s heads, dolls or brushes.

Source: Clinical Medicine and Research journal 

 

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