Teen Dies from 'Rapunzel Syndrome': Why Do People Eat Their Hair?

Teen Dies from 'Rapunzel Syndrome': Why Do People Eat Their Hair?

A 16-year-old girl in England died from an extremely rare condition called Rapunzel syndrome, according to news reports. The teen lost consciousness on Sept. 7; she was taken to the hospital and died shortly after, the Independent reported Sept. 19. Though the name is inspired by the fairy tale princess with incredibly long hair, Rapunzel syndrome does not have a happy ending. The condition occurs when a person has a hair ball in his or her stomach, and that hair ball has a "tail" that extends into the intestines. [27 Oddest Medical Cases] The large mass of hair — called...

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