Doctors in China have surgically removed an impacted mass of hair weighing half a kilogram from the stomach of a 12-year-old girl.
The girl in Luoyang, Henan province of China, had been losing her long hair and weight over the past year. Her mother sought treatment when she discovered a lump in her daughter's stomach two weeks ago.
Doctors at the First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology conducted CT scans which revealed that a 30-centimetre clustered mass of hair occupied 70% of the girl's stomach.
"The mass of hair was shaped like her stomach and is solid," said Chen Ye, deputy director of gastrointestinal tumour surgery department at the hospital. "I've seen her put hair in her mouth, but I thought she was just playing and didn't think much about it," the girl's mother said.