A woman suffering a strange compulsion of eating her own hair produced a 10-pound hairball (pictured at right; thanks a lot NBC). Yikes.
The 18-year-old went to doctors after five months of abdominal pain and the loss of 40 pounds. Sensing something was up, the good docs took a look inside—and discovered the hairball, which took up almost all of the woman's stomach.
Confronted, she admitted to making a habit of eating her own hair; a condition doctors refer to as trichophagia, but we can just call "being off your rocker".
Small incisions were no match for the mass, which had to be removed entirely through a good, old-fashioned surgery. The patient was released from the hospital after five days, and urged to pay a visit to the shrink. Fast-forward one year: She's regained about half of the weight she lost and claims to have stopped eating her hair.
Don't you just love happy endings?
[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]