But this same hair at times can prove fatal, as happens in rare cases where a person, starts ingesting hair.
“Such instances happen rarely, but the case is extremely strange” says a leading doctor. It becomes all the more so when the quantity of hair removed from the stomach weighs more than 1 kg.
This is the story of a young lady, residing in Mumbai from whose stomach a hairball measuring 21 cm by 21 cm, weighing 1.6 kg was removed by a team of determined surgeons.
Doctors say that most cases of trichobezoars are the result of psychological problems, which could include depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder.
Therefore, as the father of the victim put it, “A gentle reprimand once a while” is not necessarily enough to prevent a shock post operation.
It is best that such habits be stopped at the earliest – to prevent non-necessary visits to the hospital.