5-Foot-Long Hairball Found Inside 15-Year-Old

It’s called the Rapunzel syndrome, but there’s nothing fairytale-like about the condition. In layman’s terms, it’s a massive hairball that extends from one’s stomach into the small intestine or beyond. As io9 explained in 2013, hair is made of keratin, a substance so steely that the human body can’t break it down—nor can it move it out of the digestive system, possibly because “it’s too slippery to get pulled out along with the rest of the stomach contents.” Just how long one of these hairballs, called a trichobezoar, can be is made clear by the removal of one from a 15-year-old girl in India: It measured 5 feet in length. The Mirror shares the fairly graphic story of Kavita Kumari, a teen whose hair-swallowing addiction was so severe she allegedly ate the hair of her classmates as well as her own. Read more on Newser…