Gastric Trichobezoar

Mureșan Simona; Mureșan, M.; Eșianu, M.; Bara, T.; Bancu, Ș; Dénes, L.; Bara Jr., T.
October 2011
Acta Medica Marisiensis;Oct2011, Vol. 57 Issue 5, p548
Academic Journal
Case Study
Introduction: Trichobezoars arise from the aggregation of ingested hair with other indigestible organic fibers. Trichotillomania, the practice of habitually pulling hair out, in association with habitual ingestion of hair (trichophagia) can predispose to the formation of trichobezoars. Material and method: We present the case of a 28 year-old woman who was admitted to our clinic for abdominal pains, nausea and weight loss. The clinical examination revealed an abdominal mass in the upper part. The laboratory parameters were normal excepting a mild anemia and hipoproteinemia. A CT Scan of her abdomen showed a markedly distended stomach with a centrally located soft tissue abnormality. The patient underwent exploratory laparotomy and gastrotomy. We found an intragastric mass made up by hair. The trichobezoar was removed intact as a firm black mass and it was confirmed by the microscopic examination. Results: The patient's post-operative course was uneventful and she was discharged after 7 days of hospitalisation. We suggested psychi­atric counseling. Conclusions: The trichobezoar appears in young people with psychiatric disorders. Due to its dimensions, the only treatment in this case was open surgery. The after surgery course is usually favorable and needs psychiatric counseling.


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