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Psychosomatics. 2005 Jul-Aug;46(4):362-6.

Untreated trichotillomania and trichophagia: surgical emergency in a teenage girl.

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Department of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

Trichophagia secondary to trichotillomania can be a potentially life-threatening condition if left untreated. This report documents the unique case of a 16-year-old girl whose untreated trichotillomania led to a trichobezoar requiring surgical intervention and follow-up psychiatric treatment. Challenges in the identification and treatment of the disorder and its complications are discussed as well as the importance of early and accurate diagnosis.

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16000680
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.46.4.362
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