Though the identify Rapunzel is derived from fairy tales, Rapunzel syndrome often doesn’t have a cheerful ending. The medical situation happens when an individual has a hairball within the abdomen,
Hyderabad: Surgeons at Osmania Common Hospital (OGH) have saved the lifetime of a 17-year-old lady who was affected by a particularly uncommon medical situation referred to as Rapunzel Syndrome, wherein an enormous ball of hair stays within the abdomen for a very long time and triggering related well being issues.
Though the identify Rapunzel is derived from fairy tales, Rapunzel syndrome often doesn’t have a cheerful ending. The medical situation happens when an individual has a hairball within the abdomen because of the behavior of chewing and swallowing the hair. The medical situation is also called Trichobezoars, which kinds a ball of hair within the abdomen with a ‘tail’ that extends into the gut.
The 17-year-old lady Poojitha Mandala, a resident of Gaganpahad, Shamshabad, introduced all these medical situations when she visited OGH.
The lady had not too long ago recovered from Covid-19 and visited OGH with complaints of stomach ache for the previous three months and a number of episodes of vomiting. The medical doctors mentioned the affected person had a historical past of plucking her hair and consuming them, for the previous 5 to 6 months.
The OGH surgeons carried out the surgical procedure on June 2 and retrieved a mass composed of hair and different international supplies of 150 cm size and weighing about 2 kg. Out of the 150 cm size of hair ball, about 30 cm of hair was within the abdomen whereas 120 cm of hair ball was within the small bowel, surgeons mentioned.
“That is a particularly uncommon case and based on our information there are solely 68 such instances which were reported thus far. Furthermore, our case has the longest specimen that has been reported thus far worldwide. The everyday signs for Rapunzel syndrome embody anorexia, bloating, early satiety, weight reduction, vomiting, abdomen ache and hair loss on the scalp,” mentioned Superintendent, OGH Dr B Nagender, who led the surgical procedure, together with different senior surgical staff.
Dr Nagender mentioned that human hair is immune to digestion and that’s why it tends to remain within the abdomen for a very long time and finally kinds into an enormous hairball.
The surgical procedure was led by Head of Surgical procedure and Superintendent, Dr B Nagender, Affiliate Professor, Dr G Anil Kumar, Assistant Professors Dr A Ajitha together with different staff members together with PG college students and the anesthesia staff that was led by Dr Pandu Naik and Dr Pavani.
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