Doctors drag massive 15lb hairball from teenage girl with 'Rapunzel syndrome'

A huge 15lb hairball has been pull from a teenager’s abdomen after she relentlessly chewed her locks since she was a young child.

Sweety Kumari, 17, went under the knife after complaining of stomach pains.

She underwent an operation in India’s Jharkhand state – and 7kg-worth of hair was removed.

In took six hours to complete the procedure, doctors say.

The condition is known as Rapunzel syndrome, after the German fairy tale.



There are only 90 cases known worldwide.

Video footage shows the medics pulling entangled hair from the teenager, who has now vowed to quit the habit.

Dr. Sahu, who operated on her, said it was the largest accumulation of hair in someone’s abdomen he had seen during his 40-year career.

Kumari is still waiting to be released from hospital after the surgery last week.



Footage shows the incredible size of the mass, which had built up since she begun chewing her hair when she was a child.

“Hair being slippery gets trapped in gastric mucosal folds, eluding peristalsis,” the British Medical Journal says.

“More and more hair conglomerate to form a stomach-shaped mass coated with mucus called trichobezoar.



“This provides it a shiny glistening surface, and the acid secreted in stomach denatures the hair protein which gives it the typical black colour.3

“When the tail of hair extends beyond the stomach into the small intestine, it is called the Rapunzel syndrome.”

Doctor believe the teenager will make a full recovery.

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