Doctors remove massive 25cm HAIRBALL from woman’s stomach (VIDEO)
THESE hideous pictures show the enormous 750g hairball which surgeons removed from a woman’s STOMACH.
The 20-year-old, from India, suffers with a rare case of Rapunzel syndrome which sees her ingest her own hair – before it becomes trapped and tangled in her digestive system.
Surgeons removed this massive 750g hairball, which was around 25cm long, from the woman’s stomach. The giant hairball was causing the patient to have recurring stomach pain.
She needed an urgent operation to remove the giant hairball which was causing persistent vomiting and recurring stomach pain.
Surgeon Dr Bharat Kamath said: “On examination, a hard lump was felt in the upper abdomen of the patient. “A CT scan showed a huge mass of hair, taking the shape of the stomach, extending through the duodenum into the upper small intestines.”
“A CT scan showed a huge mass of hair, taking the shape of the stomach, extending through the duodenum into the upper small intestines.”
The doctor said the patient was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation for the condition trichotillomania, which is characterised by an urge to pull out and eat hair.
The oval hairball, removed following the surgery at V C Gandhi & M A Vora Municipal General Hospital in Mumbai, was 25cm long and around 12cm wide.
Dr Bharat said that following the surgery on August 31, the patient is now recovering.
The 20-year-old victim suffers with a rare case of Rapunzel syndrome – a condition resulting from ingesting hair. After being removed, it was found that the hairball weighed a staggering 350g.
He added: “This is the first time such a case has been handled in our hospital, though there have been isolated cases elsewhere.