Russian doctors remove giant 1-pound 2 oz tress from the stomach of a 16-year-old girl with & # 39; Rapunzel syndrome & # 39;
- Doctors in the city of Tomsk shared an image of the hairball after it was removed
- The unnamed girl has been chewing her hair for ten years, according to reports
- The ball filled 80% of her stomach and became a serious health hazard
- Rapunzel syndrome is most common in young women with mental problems
Russian doctors have removed a huge mass of hair weighing 1 pound 2 oz from the stomach of a 16-year-old girl.
The unnamed teenager has been chewing on her own hair for the past ten years, according to local reports.
Over time, the hair accumulated, a rare condition commonly referred to as & # 39; Rapunzel syndrome & # 39 ;.
A photo reveals the gigantic hairball that doctors in the Siberian city of Tomsk filled for 80 percent of the girl's stomach.
An emergency operation was performed because it had become a major threat to the girl's health, with previous cases to death.
Russian doctors have revealed photos of a gigantic 1lb 2oz hair that they removed from the stomach of a 16-year-old girl (photo)
Urgent operations were performed because it had become a major threat to the health of the unnamed girl. The doctors (photo) in the Siberian city of Tomsk said they had filled 80 percent of the girl's stomach
Leading physician Andrey Karavaev, who performed the procedure at the clinic known only as emergency department number two, said the girl's gastrointestinal tract was in danger of being completely blocked. Previous cases have led to death
The girl had complained about & # 39; losing her hair & # 39; but it is most common among young girls to suffer from conditions such as Rapunzel's syndrome.
Trichophagia is when a person compulsively eats his own hair and is sometimes referred to as a symptom of trichotillomania when someone cannot resist pulling the hair from everywhere.
WHAT IS RAPUNZEL SYNDROME?
Rapunzel syndrome is a rare condition where hairballs are found in the digestive tract after a person has swallowed his own hair.
This can be caused by trichophagia where a person compulsively eats his own hair.
It is associated with trichotillomania when someone cannot resist pulling the hair from anywhere.
It is primarily found in adolescents with learning disabilities or psychological problems, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
Only 88 cases have been reported in medical literature, according to a 2016 discussion in BMJ Case Reports.
They said it almost always affects women, with only three percent of cases older than 30 years.
Trichophagia, which can look like innocent hair in a child, is dangerous because the stomach cannot digest it.
It leads to hairballs forming in the gastrointestinal tract with the tail that extends into the small intestine.
Complications can lead to inflammation or fracture of the intestine, weight loss, pancreatitis and appendicitis.
The rare syndrome is named after the long-haired girl Rapunzel in the fairy tale of the Grimm brothers.
It was only the second case that was recorded in the region for 25 years, reports said.
Leading physician Andrey Karavaev conducted a & # 39; urgent & # 39; surgery in the clinic, which is only known as emergency room, clinic number two, because the girl's gastrointestinal tract threatened to be blocked completely.
The teenager recovers after surgery, which was performed on an unclear date and & # 39; feels much better & # 39 ;.
Doctors said the girl may need psychiatric care. In the UK, treatment for trichotillomania uses cognitive behavioral therapy.
In September 2017, a British teenager died after a hairball was infected in her stomach.
Jasmine Beever, 16, from Skegness, had peritonitis, an inflammation of a thin layer of tissue in the abdomen.
Jasmine had been sucking and chewing on her own hair for years before she collapsed on 7 September.
Doctors fought to keep her alive when she was rushed to the hospital. They managed to resuscitate her for 15 minutes, but she lost her blow later that evening.
WHAT IS TRICHOTILLOMANIA?
Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder that causes patients to return repeatedly and pull their hair impulsively to the root.
Sufferers often feel a high level of tension and a strong urge to pull, followed by pleasure or relief when it's done.
The condition can be caused by anxiety or depression and can lead to baldness.
Females are usually affected by the condition that usually starts between the ages of nine and thirteen.
Treatment focuses on therapy that records what triggers an individual and how to overcome them.
Source: OCD UK
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