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Huge Hairball Surgically Removed from Teenager’s Stomach By Ludhiana Doctors

A team of doctors at Ludhiana’s Mahavira Civil Hospital removed a huge hairball measuring 22 cm by 8 cm from a teenager’s stomach on Wednesday.

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Updated:September 20, 2019, 1:33 PM IST
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Huge Hairball Surgically Removed from Teenager’s Stomach By Ludhiana Doctors
A team of doctors at Ludhiana’s Mahavira Civil Hospital removed a huge hairball measuring 22 cm by 8 cm from a teenager’s stomach on Wednesday.

A team of doctors at Ludhiana’s Mahavira Civil Hospital removed a huge hairball measuring 22 cm by 8 cm from a teenager’s stomach on Wednesday. A 19-year-old girl underwent surgery for the removal of the hairball.

News agency ANI reported that the teenage girl suffers from a rare psychiatric disorder, which causes her to eat her own hair.

A trichobezoar surgery had to be performed on the girl to remove the ball of hair. Dr Milan Verma, one of the surgeons, said the operation was a challenging one as the girl was underweight, malnourished and suffering from ulcers.

Besides the huge ball of hair, traces of chalk and mud were also found in the girl’s belly, Dr Verma said.

Times Now reported that another surgeon, Dr Varun Saggar, who was also part of the surgical team at Mahavira Civil Hospital, said the disorder is very rare and around 90 percent of cases occur in young women.

According to reports, the surgery was successful and the girl is now recovering.

However, this is not the only case in recent times where doctors recovered hair or solid objects from a patient’s belly.

Earlier this year, Times Now had reported that doctors at Donghua hospital in China were shocked to find a massive lump of hair, weighing 1.5 kilograms, inside an 8-year-old’s stomach. During the same time, doctors at a hospital in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh removed 30 solid objects, including razor blades and screwdrivers, from a man’s stomach.

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