A Czech hospital announced Tuesday that surgeons have removed a pint-sized hair from the stomach of a girl suffering from Rapunzel’s syndrome.
An 11-year-old girl suffers from this unusual syndrome, first documented in 1968, and to date, only a few dozen cases have been reported worldwide.
The disease is named after the long-haired girl in the Brothers Grimm story.
“The disease is associated with what we call trichotillomania or trichotillomania: pulling or swallowing hair,” said Matus Peteja, chief surgeon at Opava Hospital in the eastern Czech Republic. I will,” he said.
Health officials have revealed that the syndrome particularly affects girls under the age of 20 and young women.
The thick, cylindrical pill, 20 cm long and 8 cm in diameter, was too large to remove from the mouth, so doctors had to remove it from the patient with a laparoscopy.
“If it hadn’t been removed, the girl would have been in pain and would have lost weight over time. In extreme cases, the stomach wall could have been damaged and perforated,” Peteja told AFP.
The surgeon added that the young woman is doing well and will undergo psychiatric and psychological treatment.