An 11-year-old girl who was so ill she could barely swallow
was found to have a giant hairball weighing more than a kilo in her stomach. The
unnamed girl arrived at a hospital in Taraz, in southern Kazakhstan’s Jambyl
region, suffering from such a severe stomach ache she was unable to eat or
what was wrong, and were shocked when they discovered the huge ball of hair in
her digestive system.
(6.7in) of hairball filling her stomach and 35cm (13.8 inches)
protruding into her bowel.
long hair, but said they didn’t know this habit was unhealthy. They also had no
idea she was swallowing the hair she chewed off, a condition known as tricophagia.
condition in which a hairball (called a trichobezar) becomes stuck in the
stomach, with its tail in the colon.
and bowel and block the digestive system.
the medical literature, and it almost always affects young women.