A giant hairball was found in a 38-year old Arizona woman’s stomach, after she developed sudden vomiting and constipation.  During this, her stomach swelled as it filled with liquids and gas.

Surgery revealed a 6”X4” hairball in her stomach and a smaller one in her small intestine.

There are not a lot of documented cases of “Rapunzel syndrome” which is caused by people eating their own hair.  This syndrome has two elements to it. One being Trichotillomania, which is the irresistible urge to pull out hair, and Trichophagia, which is compulsively eating hair.

Although incredibly rare, Rapunzel Syndrome usually is seen in children under 10 years of age.

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