Trichophagia leads to bezoar

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  1. Principessa

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    Doctors untangle the strange case of the giant hairball


    (CNN) -- It may not be the most appetizing reading before a hearty holiday meal, but the New England Journal of Medicine is devoting part of its Thanksgiving issue to a giant hairball -- and not the feline kind.

    The prestigious journal details the case of a previously healthy 18-year-old woman who consulted a team of gastrointestinal specialists. She complained of a five-month history of pain and swelling in her abdomen, vomiting after eating and a 40-pound weight loss.

    After a scan of the woman's abdomen showed a large mass, doctors lowered a scope through her esophagus. It revealed "a large bezoar occluding nearly the entire stomach," wrote Drs. Ronald M. Levy and Srinadh Komanduri, gastroenterologists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. For the uninitiated, a bezoar is a hairball.

    "On questioning, the patient stated that she had had a habit of eating her hair for many years -- a condition called trichophagia," they wrote.

    "It seemed like she'd been doing this for several years," Levy told CNN.
    The woman underwent surgery to remove the mass of black, curly hair, which weighed 10 pounds and measured 15 inches by 7 inches by 7 inches, the doctors said.
    Five days later, she was eating normally and was sent home.

    A year later, the pain and vomiting were gone, the patient had regained 20 pounds "and reports that she has stopped eating her hair."

    Reached at his home in Chicago, Levy said he had no idea whether the journal's timing of the publication on Thanksgiving was intentional.

    Either way, he said, it would not affect the gastroenterologists' holiday dinner plans -- "We don't get fazed by much."


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    Ewww, always wondered why people eat their own hair...

    She could have saved herself the time and money for the operation had she had gone around her house making plunger noises like a normal cat. That routine always gets the hairball up:smile:
     
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    That's just weird, to me. I don't want to offend people if anyone on this site is a hair-eater, but what's the point, really?
     
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    How bezoar.
     
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    Fibre?
     
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    Isn't Metamucil cheaper than surgery?
     
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    Good lord! I've never heard of, seen, or imagined anyone who would/could eat hair. :confused:
     
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    We're not having Thanksgiving at her house next year. I prefer turkey. That's all I'm saying.
     
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    I have the opposite of that, if I had to eat a hair I'd puke. Seriously does anyone have any idea how much 10lbs of hair is, it's a huge amount.
     
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    what the ?
     
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    I like you Guy-jin, you're funny. :biggrin1:

    I can't even eat 10 lbs. of Godiva Chocolates or Lindt Truffles and those are things I love! :smile:
     
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    In elementary school we had a hair eating girl, but I don't think she was that bad. My kitty used to get hair balls and I felt so bad when she was lying on the floor choking.
     
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    This is the wackiest thing I have heard of in a long time, since maybe hearing about Spontaneous Human Combustion.

    Picture of a trichobezoar anyone?
     
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    If I was to take anyone on LPSG out on a dreamdate, I'd take JustAsking and we'd go here:

    :: CCP - Mütter Museum ::

    :biggrin1:
     
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    um I think I will um go pray to the porcelain god now///
     
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    This is really gross.
     
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    Oh God yes, Snooze. We are made for each other (, he Müttered).
     
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