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Doctors Removed A 6-Inch Hairball From This Woman With 'Rapunzel Syndrome' — See The Pics If You Can STOMACH It!

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This is the opposite of a Disney fairytale…

A woman with a rare condition called "Rapunzel syndrome" recently had a 6-inch hairball surgically removed from her stomach and intestines because it was causing digestive problems and physical distress.

According to the medical journal BMJ Case Report, the 38-year-old woman suffers from a combination of trichophagia (hair-eating condition) and trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), which resulted in two separate hairballs lodged in her stomach.

The larger hairball had grown a "tail" that extended into her small intestine, and a second smaller one (4-inches) was found further down in her bowel.

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Before the surgery, the woman was vomiting everything she tried to eat, and lost 15 pounds. Her abdomen was swollen with gas and fluid when she arrived at the hospital.

A laparotomy was performed to remove the hairballs. She was released six days later and was given psychological therapy.

Don't worry, Rapunzel syndrome is extremely uncommon — the doctors were only able to find 88 cases ever reported in medical journals.

Ch-ch-check out the VERY GRAPHIC, TOTALLY NSFW surgery pictures (below) if you can stomach seeing the disgusting hairballs being pulled out!

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[Image via Disney/BMJ Case Reports.]

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