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hairball

 [hār´bawl]
trichobezoar; a concretion of hair sometimes found in the stomach or intestines of humans or other animals.

hairball

(hâr′bôl′)
n.
A small mass of hair in the stomach or intestine of an animal, such as a cat, that is accumulated when the animal swallows hair while licking its coat.
A mass of foreign material in the stomach—food, mucus, vegetable fiber, hair, or other indigestible material—facilitated by partial or complete gastrectomy, as acid hydrolysis of gastric content is decreased; the mass is more easily palpable in trichobezoars than in phytobezoars

hairball

See BEZOAR.
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This is referred to as hair ball, wool block, gastric stasis or hair block.
Treatment of hair ball obstructions can be either medical or surgical.
The signs of hair balls are retching, loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhoea and often an air of uneasiness.
Hair balls can cause retching, vomiting and can occasionally result in a blockage of the digestive tract in more serious cases, requiring urgent vet attention.
Common culprits include foreign bodies like hair balls or undigested portions of a cat's prey.
This week surgeons had to remove hair balls from inside a Judy Garland fan who kept eating from his own head.
HAIR balls are common in cats and can cause problems if they build up in the stomach and are not cleared.