Saturday, December 1, 2007

ten lb hairball removed from woman

An 18-year old woman went to the doctor for abdominal pain and a 40-pound weight loss. When the doctor performed a CT scan, they found a mass which turned out to be a 10-pound hairball!

Doctors found a mass there, and when they used a small camera, found that the hairball was taking up nearly her entire stomach.

The patient said that she has a habit of eating her own hair, a condition called trichophagia.

Doctors tried to use small incisions to remove the mass, but then had to go to traditional surgery to make sure the entire hairball was removed.

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