Doctors remove hairball from five-year-old girls stomach that weighs over 3lb

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A huge 1.5kg hairball has been removed from a little girl's stomach.

The five-year-old developed an extremely rare condition called Rapunzel Syndrome which left her unable to stop eating hair.

She was initially taken to hospital after complaining of pain and swelling in her stomach, as well as loss of appetite.

Doctors who identified that the source of the pain was a giant hairball stuck in her stomach were stunned to remove a hairball – also called a trichobezoar – that weighed 1.5kg or just over 3.3lbs.

The girl’s parents admitted that she has been eating hair for the last two and a half years.

They reportedly tried to stop her and even resorted to cutting her hair but to no avail.

Their efforts didn’t work and she started eating other people’s hair instead.

Dr Vivek Bhadoo led a team of five doctors in the operation to remove the huge bezoar at a civil hospital in Chandigarh, India.

Photographs show a giant lump of matted black hair being pulled out of the girl’s stomach.

The hairball is curved and dense with smaller greenish yellow lumps attached to it.

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The surgery to remove the hairball took over an hour according to doctors.

“This condition is mainly associated with people suffering from [a] psychiatric disorder,” said Dr Bhadoo.

“However, it is very rare among children. Worldwide, its prevalence is 0.3%."

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Another image shows the girl lying on her back in a hospital bed with a doctor standing next to her.

She is now reported to be in a stable condition.

In the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the trapped Rapunzel lets down her long hair through a tower window so a prince can climb up and rescue her.

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Named after this tale, Rapunzel syndrome is an extremely rare medical condition where hairs the person has eaten become tangled and trapped in their stomach, the Conversation reports.

This causes a trichobezoar (hair ball) to form, which has a long tail extending into the small intestine.

in 2016, a 38-year-old woman had a 15 x 10 cm hair ball surgically removed from her stomach and a 4 x 3 cm hair ball removed from the top of her small intestine.

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Like 85 to 95% of patients with Rapunzel syndrome, the woman presented to doctors with abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

Other symptoms of Rapunzel syndrome include a bloated stomach, reduced appetite, weight loss and constipation or diarrhoea.

In some cases the bowel is punctured, which can lead to sepsis (blood infection). Death has occurred in 4% of cases.

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