Lucknow: Doctors at Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow removed a large lump of hair weighing around 2kg from the stomach of a 17-year-old teenage girl here.

The doctors said the girl was suffering from a rare psychological condition named Trichobezoar where patients eat their own hair by plucking it.

Gastro-surgeon at the Balrampur Hospital Dr. SR Samadder said the patients do so out of depression, and to hide the plucked hair from others, they tend to eat it.

“10 days ago, this girl came to our hospital and complained of vomiting and abdominal pain. There was a large swelling on the upper portion of her abdomen. Her problem couldn’t be diagnosed through ultrasound, X-ray, or CT scan, so we did an endoscopy and found a large trichobezoar in her stomach,” he said.

The doctor further said the lump of hair removed from the stomach of the patient weighed around 2 kg and was measuring 20 cm in length and 15 cm in width. He also informed that the lump had taken the form of a ball of stone inside the stomach of the patient.

“Due to the lump, the food couldn’t stay in the stomach and neither could it pass to the small intestine. Therefore, the girl was getting weaker. She weighed only 32 kg despite being 17 years old. Now that she is operated upon, she will recover soon and will be able to ingest food within four to five days,” he added.

“It is a psychological problem. The person plucks out his hair and eats it hiding it from others. After the girl is in a stable condition, I will refer her to the psychiatric department of our hospital where she would get counseling,” he said.

“She will be given psychotherapy and social therapy. But her parents need to be vigilant as well,” he added.

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Bengaluru, Sep 20: The alleged rape of a minor girl by a migrant labourer from West Bengal and the demand by the girl's parents and local people urging the police to hand over the accused following his arrest led to tense moments at a police station here.

The minor was allegedly raped on Sunday by Saurav Mistry, a 23-year old labourer from 24 Parganas in West Bengal after he took the five-year old girl on the pretext of showing her a video on his mobile phone.

The girl returned home crying and complained to her parents about the accused. Subsequently, the parents approached the police and lodged a complaint. The police acted swiftly and arrested the migrant worker.

By then, the parents had alerted the neighbours, who gathered at the Sanjay Nagar police station demanding that police to hand over the man to them.

The crowd dispersed after the police assured them that they would ensure justice to the victim and punishment to the accused.