world-news

Half kg hairball removed from girl's stomach

Beijing, Jan 13 : Doctors have removed a mass of impacted hair weighing half a kg from the stomach of a 12-year-old girl in China's Henan province.


Doctors at the First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology in Luoyang, Henan province, surgically removed the hairball from the stomach of the girl Jan 11, the Global Times reported Monday.

The mother of the girl in Luoyang was shocked when doctors revealed the reason why her daughter had been inexplicably losing her long hair and weight over the past year.

Doctors said the girl suffers from pica, a pathological disorder where a person develops an appetite for clay, dirt, chalk or other similar substances that are considered socially unusual to eat.

A CT scan taken at the hospital revealed that the mass of 30 cm long clump occupied 70 percent of the girl's stomach.

"The mass of hair was shaped like her stomach and is solid," said Chen Ye, deputy director of gastrointestinal tumor surgery department at the hospital.

"I've seen her put hair in her mouth but I thought she was just playing and didn't think much about it," said the girl's mother, who sought treatment when she discovered a lump in her daughter's stomach two weeks ago.

Chen advised parents to pay close attention to their children's behaviour and recommend timely treatment after any such discovery.

--IANS (Posted on 13-01-2014)

world-news headlines

Four killed in a blast in Syria

US drone kills 21 in Yemen

Full state honours for Malaysian Indian leader's funeral

Tune into religious music to relieve 'death anxiety'

UN outraged by South Sudan attacks

Chinese bank launches Pretty Mom credit card

Van Basten to be AZ Alkmaar's new coach

Fans begin collecting World Cup tickets

Fans backlash awaits Barca on return to Camp Nou

Hamilton grabs third season pole at Shanghai

Obama signs bill barring Iran's UN envoy-designate

Key to safe ride lies with passengers?

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top