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Bill Parcells
11-23-2007, 02:09 PM
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CNN) -- It may not be the most appetizing reading before a hearty holiday meal, but the New England Journal of Medicine is devoting part of its Thanksgiving issue to a giant hairball -- and not the feline kind.
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Doctors say this hairball removed from a woman's stomach weighed 10 pounds.

The prestigious journal details 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 occluding nearly the entire stomach," wrote Drs. Ronald M. Levy and Srinadh Komanduri, gastroenterologists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

For the uninitiated, a bezoar is a hairball.

"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.

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.

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

Reached at his home in Chicago, Levy said he had no idea whether the journal's timing of the publication on Thanksgiving was intentional.

Either way, he said, it would not affect the gastroenterologists' holiday dinner plans -- "We don't get fazed by much."

link (http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/11/21/hairball.case/index.html)

BigMeatballDave
11-23-2007, 02:18 PM
OMG

Bill Parcells
11-23-2007, 03:40 PM
OMG
Oh your God?

Could you imagine having that hair sausage in your gut?

Bowser
11-23-2007, 03:43 PM
Obviously this wench needs more fiber in her diet.

Tribal Warfare
11-23-2007, 03:49 PM
gives a new meaning to rug muncher

Cntrygal
11-23-2007, 05:24 PM
sick

BigMeatballDave
11-23-2007, 05:25 PM
gives a new meaning to rug muncher
ROFL

Rain Man
11-23-2007, 06:20 PM
That woman's hair must taste a heck of a lot better than mine. Whenever I accidentally get a hair in my mouth, I tend to get annoyed and pull it out.

DaFace
11-23-2007, 06:24 PM
That woman's hair must taste a heck of a lot better than mine. Whenever I accidentally get a hair in my mouth, I tend to get annoyed and pull it out.

What hair?

[/ducks, runs away, and claims that the guy in the office next to me put me up to it]

:evil:

Rain Man
11-23-2007, 06:43 PM
What hair?

[/ducks, runs away, and claims that the guy in the office next to me put me up to it]

:evil:

That's going to leave a mark...







...at raise time.

blueballs
11-23-2007, 08:04 PM
the doctor bought the
It's my own hair line
must not have been a man doc