Rare Disease: Girl Eats Hair, At Least 2 Kg Found in Her Stomach

Published: September 3,2021 06:03 PM

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The doctors operated on her for over an hour and removed the 20 cm big lump of hair from her stomach

September 3, 2021: Doctors at the Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow were in for a surprise when they came across a girl who ate hair. A 17-year old girl suffering from mental illness from the time of birth was also suffering from a rare disease called trichobezoar disease, in which the patient plucks his or her hair and eats.

The girl, according to her parents was getting weak every week and she was also complaining of stomach pain. Her parents also noticed that she was suffering from hair loss but they did not know that she was eating her own hair.

It is after the doctors conducted an ultrasound, a CT scan and an endoscope that they saw a big lump in the stomach. The doctors were surprised to see a 20 cm wide lump in her stomach. They conducted surgery and removed a large lump of hair weighing upto 2 kgs, from the girl's stomach.

After the surgery that went on for about 1.5 hours, the girl is now recovering with no complaints of stomach pain. The tuft of hair in her stomach had turned into a knot.

The human digestive system cannot digest hair, therefore the hair the girl ate accumulated in her stomach and was causing pain.