Trichobezoars are usually found in young female patients with mental retardation and/or psychiatric disorders such as trichotillomania or trichophagia
The incidence of trichophagia
is up to 18% of the patients with trichotillomania; one-third of the patients with trichophagia
The patient was never diagnosed nor treated as a case of trichotillomania with trichophagia
Pica Terminology Term Nonfood substance Amylophagia Laundry starch Cautopyreiophagia Burnt matches Coprophagia Feces Foliophagia Dirt, sand, clay Lithophagia Rocks, pebbles, gravel Pagophagia Ice, freezer frost Plumbophagia Paint chips Trichophagia
Several examples of pica include amylophagia (the consumption of starch), coprophagia (feces), geophagia (soil, clay, or chalk), hyalophagia (glass), pagophagia (pathological consumption of ice), trichophagia
(hair or wool), urophagia (urine) and xylophagia (wood).
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The patient received no further medical or psychological treatment for trichophagia
and has had no recurrence of symptoms more than 1 year later.
Trichobezoar is often associated with trichotillomania (hair pulling) and trichophagia
One third of patient with trichophagia
develop trichobezoar (6).
They occur in emotionally disturbed, depressed, or mentally retarded patients who have trichotillomania and trichophagia
Trichobezoars are usually seen in healthy patients with normal digestive system but with psychiatric problems such as trichophagia
, trichotillomania and/or mental retardation.