Doctors Remove A Huge Hairball From The Stomach of an 11-year-old Oman Girl

A team of doctors at Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad removed a large hairball from the stomach of an 11-year young Oman girl. The young girl was diagnosed with gastro trichobezoar, a rare intestinal condition in humans resulting from the ingestion of hair. Trichobezoar occurs when a mentally unstable person is involved in obsessive pulling of hair and eating it, which accumulates as a lump in the stomach. But in this case, the girl has no psychiatric disorders. The parents of the girl were not aware of the situation. 

The 11-year-old girl was initially taken to the hospital, after complaining of pain and swelling in her stomach, as well as loss of appetite and weight loss. Preliminary diagnosis through ultrasound and CT scan showed an unidentified lump in the stomach. Dr. TLVD Prasad Babu led a team of three doctors in the surgery to remove the huge bezoar at Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad.

Speaking about the unconventional procedure, Dr. TLVD Prasad Babu, Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad said, “We performed UGI Endoscopy and detected a ball of hair in her stomach. The entire stomach was filled with hair. The hair could have extended from the stomach into the small intestine. We have operated through laparoscopy to remove gastro trichobezoar. The patient was progressing well with dietary advice”.   

Followed by an oral liquid diet (as instructed by doctors), the patient was able to walk on the next day of the surgery. The girl was discharged from the hospital on the 3rd postoperative day.

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