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Russian doctors have removed a giant clump of hair weighing 1lb 2oz from the stomach of a 16-year-old girl.
The unnamed teenager had been chewing her own hair for the past ten years, according to local reports.
Time - Hair - Condition - Syndrome
Over time the hair accumulated, a rare condition commonly referred to as 'Rapunzel Syndrome'.
A picture reveals the giant hair ball which medics in the Siberian city of Tomsk said filled 80 per cent of the girl's stomach.
Emergency - Surgery - Hair - Threat - Girl
Emergency surgery was carried out as the hair had become a major threat to the girl's health, with previous cases leading to death.
The girl had complained about 'losing her hair', however it is most common for young girls to suffer from conditions such as Rapunzel Syndrome.
Trichophagia - Person - Hair - Symptom - Trichotillomania
Trichophagia is when a person compulsively eats their own hair and is sometimes referred to as a symptom of trichotillomania, when someone can't resist pulling the hair out from anywhere on their body.
Trichophagia, which can appear as innocent hair sucking in a child, is dangerous because the stomach cannot digest hair.
Forming - Tract - Tail - Intestines
It leads to hairballs forming in the gastrointestinal tract with the tail extending into the small intestines.
Complications can lead to inflammation...
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