Woman's giant 'Rapunzel syndrome' hairball cut out of stomach

Woman's giant 'Rapunzel syndrome' hairball cut out of stomach

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair" is the famous fairytale cry.
But real life moved from Grimm to gruesome for one 38-year-old woman in the US who had a giant 15 cm hairball in her stomach.
She is one of only a handful of documented cases of "Rapunzel syndrome", which is caused by people plucking and eating their own hair.
Their once glorious locks build up in the digestive system where they can eventually have a devastating effect.
The woman, who is anonymous, developed sudden vomiting and constipation. Meanwhile her stomach swelled as it filled with liquids and... read more

7 October 2016 in Health, Views: 56
Source: BBC

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