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   ZenGum  Thursday Nov 22 11:00 AM

November 22, 2007: Massive hair ball

Attachment 15875

From CNN.

Highlights from the article:


The New England Journal of Medicine reports on the case of a previously healthy 18-year-old woman who consulted a team of gastrointestinal specialists.

She complained of a five-month history of pain and swelling in her abdomen, vomiting after eating and a 40-pound weight loss.

After a scan of the woman's abdomen showed a large mass, doctors lowered a scope through her esophagus.

It revealed "a large bezoar [hairball - ZG] occluding nearly the entire stomach," wrote Drs. Ronald M. Levy and Srinadh Komanduri, gastroenterologists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.


The woman underwent surgery to remove the mass of black, curly hair, which weighed 10 pounds and measured 15 inches by 7 inches by 7 inches, the doctors said.

Five days later, she was eating normally and was sent home.

ZenGum  Thursday Nov 22 11:04 AM

Oh bugger I forgot to title the thread properly.
And that's the only thing I can't edit.
Help me Undertoad Kenobi, you're my only hope [/Leia]

EDIT: Thanks! Whether it be UT, or some other moderator, or the noodley appendage itself!

Sundae  Thursday Nov 22 11:09 AM

I think I'd rather be poisoned than eat that.

ZenGum  Thursday Nov 22 11:13 AM

More snippets:

"On questioning, the patient stated that she had had a habit of eating her hair for many years -- a condition called trichophagia," they wrote.
"It seemed like she'd been doing this for several years," Levy told CNN.

A year later, the pain and vomiting were gone, the patient had regained 20 pounds "and reports that she has stopped eating her hair."

Andoria  Thursday Nov 22 11:34 AM

Better than eating someone else's hair - have to go to a lot of shady restaurants for that..

LJ  Thursday Nov 22 12:10 PM

I thought maybe she was giving her 27 cats a daily bath.

Gravdigr  Friday Nov 23 01:02 AM

Ok. I'll be that guy...

Put some ketchup on it & call it a loaf. Let's eat.

Kolbenfresser  Friday Nov 23 04:17 AM

Anybody who fixed a plugged sink knows how that nice-looking bezoar must smell. Thought about that? Poor Drs. Drs. Levy and Komanduri.

ViennaWaits  Sunday Nov 25 01:25 PM

Congratulations! It's a hairball!

Ugh... I don't think I've ever been so disgusted.

ViennaWaits  Sunday Nov 25 01:28 PM

I thought maybe she was giving her 27 cats a daily bath.

Ya think they prodded it in disbelief when they pulled it out?

Ooohhhhh that's NASTY.

Sheldonrs  Sunday Nov 25 04:21 PM

Never substitute a hairbrush for a spagetti strainer.

ZenGum  Sunday Nov 25 11:29 PM

Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Never substitute a hairbrush for a spagetti strainer.
You've done this?

Sheldonrs  Monday Nov 26 08:24 AM

Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
You've done this?
Only for Angel Hair pasta. :-)

Shawnee123  Monday Nov 26 04:58 PM

<----has new ideas for dinner plans, then a bestselling self-help book

She complained of a five-month history of pain and swelling in her abdomen, vomiting after eating and a 40-pound weight loss.

Spexxvet  Monday Nov 26 05:10 PM

Are they sure she wasn't pregnant with Cousin Itt's baby?

Sundae  Monday Nov 26 05:14 PM

Don't forget Shawnee, she ate at least 10lbs hair first. And the rest of the loss would have been due to not having any room in her stomach and vomiting after eating. You could achieve the same effect with two fingers...

Nope, it's not going to tempt me!

kerosene  Wednesday Nov 28 07:43 PM

I love the little pair of snippy scissors on top of if in just one little snip it was gone. Makes for a good advertising campaign for the snippy scissors company.

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Nov 29 12:19 AM

Those are hemostats.... roachclips of the medical crowd.

smurfalicious  Thursday Nov 29 08:31 AM

that's so gross. eating hair???? hasn't she heard of little debbie?

morie  Thursday Nov 29 10:03 AM

it says is was black curly hair. sounds like pubic hair to me. she must be sucking the wrong thing.


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