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Doctors Remove This Giant Lump Of Hair Weighing 750g From A Woman's Stomach

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A compulsion to pull and eat her own hair caused a 20-year-old woman to be hospitalised after suffering from nausea and an extremely swollen abdomen.

This was caused by a 750 grams of hairball in her stomach that doctors removed during an operation at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, India.

The giant hairball caused her to lose all appetite and vomited anything she consumed, causing her to experience drastic weight loss in the last few months where she weighed only 30kg at the time of hospitalisation, reports.

Before the operation was conducted, doctors performed a CT scan on Archana and found that she also suffered from the rare Rapunzel Syndrome, which has only ever been documented 88 times in medical literature the world over (as of October 2016).

"It had filled her stomach, due to which the patient was unable to eat. Moreover, a tail of hair trailed into her intestine, which is typical in a case of Rapunzel Syndrome," said Dr Bharat Kamath, assistant professor in the department of surgery at Rajawadi Hospital, who led the surgical team.

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The hairball measured 25cm long and about 10-12cm across while the ‘tail’ was 103cm long, which extended well into the small intestines.

The hair remained in her stomach because hair protein does not get digested, nor can the body pass it in stool.