trichophagy

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trichophagy

the practice of eating hair.
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People who swallow their own hair, and which is then lodged in their digestive tract, are often diagnosed with Rapunzel syndrome or trichophagia, a (http://www.
Detailed patient history revealed a long history of trichophagia and trichotillomania.
The compulsive eating of hair is called trichophagia, which is associated with trichotillomania (hair pulling).
1-9 Most patients with trichobezoar suffer from psychiatric disorders including trichotillomania (pulling out of their own hair) and trichophagia (eating of hair).
Trichobezoar commonly occurs in patients with psychiatric disturbances as trichophagia (morbid habit of chewing the hair) and Trichotillomania (habit of hair pulling).
151 Trichobezoars form the next most common group, generally found in patients with psychiatric disorders such as trichotillomania (urge to pull out one's hair) and trichophagia (urge to eat one's hair).
1) Trichobezoars are often associated with psychiatric illness like trichotillomania and trichophagia usually occurs in young and adolescent females.
Only 50% will have history of trichophagia and usually they occur in emotionally disturbed, depressed or mentally retarded.
A history of trichophagia was elicited post-surgery and the patient was subsequently referred for psychiatric evaluation and supportive psychotherapy to treat the impulse control disorder and prevent bezoar recurrence.
Of patients with trichophagia, approximately 1% develop a trichobezoar.
Along with the cosmetic and psychosocial consequences of the disorder, medical complications can occur, including infection, Permanent loss of hair, repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome [7], and gastrointestinal obstruction with bezoars as a result of trichophagia [8].
Trichophagia is not uncommon in the pediatric population but when severe it may lead to trichobezoar formation.