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.
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!