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What They Cut Out Of This Woman's Stomach Was Huge

An unnamed 38-year-old woman in the US was admitted to an Arizona hospital with severe stomach pains, vomiting and constipation.

She had practically stopped eating for a year and lost 15 lbs in eight months. By the time she admitted herself to the hospital, she was unable to keep any food down.

In spite of all of this, her stomach swelled as it filled with a blockage, liquids and gas.

A British Medical Journal report of the case explains that the woman was given blood to cure her anemia and then admitted for surgery.

It wasn't until they opened her stomach, that the cause of the blockage had been revealed.

She had Rapunzel syndrome, an extremely rare condition that involves plucking and hair eating behaviors. Although, most commonly found in children and teens, some adults are reported to have it. There are only 88 reported cases.

Doctors removed a 6 inch x 4 inch (15 cm x 10 cm) mass of densely packed hair and a second, smaller hair ball of 1.5 inches x 1 inch (4 cm x 3 cm) that was lodged in her small intestines.

After the hairballs were removed, she was given a diet high in protein and the help of a psychiatrist to aid her recover.

Although shocking, hers wasn't the biggest by far. Earlier this summer, a 14 lb hairball was removed from a British woman's stomach.

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