Doctors in Mumbai have removed a massive amount of hair from a woman's stomach who is said to be suffering from Rapunzel Syndrome, a rare condition in humans wherein they ingest hair so that it forms a 'bezoar' in their stomach.
Doctors in Mumbai have removed a massive amount of hair from a woman’s stomach who is said to be suffering from Rapunzel Syndrome, a rare condition in humans wherein they ingest hair so that it forms a ‘bezoar’ in their stomach. According to a report by Mid Day, the woman was admitted to Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar area, where doctors removed a giant hairball from her stomach – it weighed a massive 750 gm! The woman was addicted to pulling out and eating her hair and was suffering from nausea, swollen abdomen and had gone through a drastic weight loss over the past few months. Reports also stated that at the time of getting admitted in hospital, she weighed only 30 kgs, looked pale and had lost all her appetite. This rare syndrome has only been registered less than 100 times in the medical history across the world (as of October 2016).
Looking at her condition, doctors ordered a complete CT scan and that is when they spotted a massive entangled web in her stomach. Speaking to Mid-Day, Dr Bharat Kamath, assistant professor in the department of surgery at Rajawadi Hospital, who led the surgical team, said, “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.”
Observing that the tail of the hair alone was 103 cm long which was extending well into her small intestines, doctors came to know that the patient had been eating her hair for years. The hairball itself was 25 cm long and about 10-12 cm across, the reported added.
Symptoms of Rapunzel syndrome include bloated stomach, reduced appetite, drastic loss of weight, constipation and diarrhoea. In some cases, even the bowel is punctured, which can lead to blood infection.