Curious: Doctors found something SCARY in a teenager’s stomach (VIDEO)

Curious: Doctors found something SCARY is a teenage stomach. The girl suffers from something called Rapunzel Syndrome. Her strange obsess...

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  • Curious: Doctors found something SCARY is a teenage stomach.
  • The girl suffers from something called Rapunzel Syndrome.
  • Her strange obsession led her to have very serious problems and her surgery was filmed and shared by what they found.

This 17-year-old teenager named Sweety Kumari has a strange habit. And that habit led to several hours of surgery because her life was at risk.

We all have tics, habits, things we do when no one sees us and we don’t want them to be known. But what about Kumari it went much further.

On August 31 of this year, the teenager underwent a 6-hour operation !! in a private hospital in the Bokaro district, India, by a team of doctors led by Dr. GN Sahu.

The doctor, after the surgery, said that it was the first time in his 40-year career that he had seen anything like this.

The girl had a stomach lump the size of a 5-month pregnancy. Doctors thought it was a tumor, until they opened up and found out what was going on.

It is that, Kumari, suffers from a condition called Rapunzel Syndrome that makes her eat her own hair compulsively. So, as you read it.

Other people play with their hair like a tic to focus or relax tension. There are those that tear it off, in which case we would talk about the trichotillomania. But this girl rips it off and eats it.

And because hair is not biodegradable, it has accumulated over the years in your stomach. And it ended with a ball of hair that was getting bigger and bigger.

So much so that they decided to remove it through surgery. The doctor assumed that he would find a good amount of tangled hair when opening the girl, what he did not expect is what he found.

Curious: Ball of hairs of almost 7 kgs in the stomach (VIDEO)

A ball of hair weighing almost 7 kilos! Exactly, the “knot” was 6.8 kgs, which is about 15 pounds of hair on his stomach.

Fortunately, Kumari survived and is stable, but his condition will need to be monitored so it doesn’t happen again.

According to the British Medical Journal, in 2018, only around 90 cases of Rapunzel syndrome were reported.

Due to the fact that hair is not biodegradable, a build-up of hairballs can seriously harm the body by causing ulcers or fatally blocking the intestinal tract.

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

What is Rapunzel Syndrome

Psychology and Mind explains that it is a very rare syndrome first described in 1968 by surgeon Vaughan ED Jr. and his collaborators.

It is a compulsive psychological disorder in which people eat their own hair without being able to avoid it. And with it, they cause an extremely rare and serious intestinal obstruction.

The person with Rapunzel Syndrome pulls out their hair, tastes it, bites it and finally swallows it… and can even eat other people’s hair.

Over time, these patients end up developing a kind of ritual. The behavior can also include eyebrow hair and even eyelashes.

It is a serious syndrome, since the human gastrointestinal tract does not have the ability to digest hair, so what happens is that it tends to remain in the stomach for a long period of time. This means that a large ball of hair (called a trichobezoar) forms in the stomach, and the only way to remove it is surgically.

This hairball can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, and in severe cases, even obstruct the intestinal tract. Additionally, the syndrome can cause diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal pain, among other symptoms.

Curious: Ball of hairs of almost 7 kgs in the stomach (VIDEO)

Complications

Thus, Rapunzel Syndrome can be very complicated. If the hairball ends up forming in the stomach, and if it is also of a considerable size, the effects can be really serious for the person, since as we have seen the intestinal tract is unable to digest the main component of the hair, keratin.

In these cases, surgery must be performed. One of them became known in the US; that of a 38-year-old woman who had lost 7 kilos in 8 months. Her symptoms were nausea, vomiting, and constipation. A hairball had accumulated in her stomach and they had to undergo surgery.

Associated disorders

Rapunzel Syndrome is associated with trichotillomania (also a disorder belonging to obsessive-compulsive disorders in DSM-5), a disorder that consists of compulsive hair pulling; if the individual also swallows their own hair, we speak of trichophagia (equivalent to Rapunzel’s Syndrome).

Causes

The causes of Rapunzel Syndrome are not entirely clear. However, the existing cases (estimated at 4% of the US population) are related to depressive problems, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Curious: Ball of hairs of almost 7 kgs in the stomach (VIDEO)

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Curious: Ball of hairs of almost 7 kgs in the stomach (VIDEO)

Curious: Ball of hairs of almost 7 kgs in the stomach (VIDEO)

Curious: Ball of hairs of almost 7 kgs in the stomach (VIDEO)

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