Trichobezoars are rare, but most commonly found in young women with trichophagia and trichotillomania. Complications can include iron deficiency anaemia and gastric erosion or, rarely, perforation. A 19-year-old woman presented with epigastric pain, vomiting and lethargy. Initial investigations revealed a palpable abdominal fullness on examination and iron deficiency anaemia. Oesophagogastroduodenoscopy found a large trichobezoar associated with gastric erosions, polyps and an ulcer. Subsequently, the patient reported previous consumption of artificial hair extensions, which ceased 5 years previously. Attempts to remove the trichobezoar by endoscopy were ineffective and in line with current literature, laparotomy was successful. This case describes a rare cause of trichobezoar and emphasises the importance of appropriate initial investigations and definitive management.
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