STRANGE STO­RIES 14-pound hair­ball re­moved from woman’s stom­ach

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A woman who vis­ited the doc­tor for in­ex­pli­ca­ble stom­ach pain had a 14-pound hair­ball re­moved sur­gi­cally, The Huff­in­g­ton Post re­ports.

Brit So­phie Cox was di­ag­nosed with tri­chotil­lo­ma­nia and tri­chopha­gia six years ago, ad­mit­ting to news sources that her com­pul­sive urge to pull out and eat her hair caused the gi­ant ball to build over seven years.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere stom­ach pain and dra­matic weight loss--even through the birth of her child--doc­tors sus­pected gall­stones or stom­ach cancer un­til they dis­cov­ered the hair­ball.

"When they showed me the scan I was speech­less. It looked like some­thing from a hor­ror film," Cox said. "The spe­cial­ist hadn't seen any­thing like it in 30 years."

Since her surgery, Cox has been mon­i­tored to make sure she doesn't de­velop any other hair­balls.

The hair­ball

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