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Its characteristics include:
- The body of a trichobezoar (hairball) located in the stomach, and its tail in the small bowel and/or in the right colon
- Small or large bowel obstruction
- Occurring in psychiatric patients
At least fourteen cases have been reported in the pediatric age group.
As the human gastrointestinal tract is unable to digest human hairs, the trichobezoar usually has to be treated surgically.
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