What is it?

Trichophagia is a disorder characterized by the compulsion to eat one's own hair. This condition is also referred to as hair-eating disorder, Rapunzel syndrome, or pica.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Hair-eating disorder
- Rapunzel syndrome
- Pica

Signs & symptoms

- Consumption of hair
- Abdominal pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Malnutrition
- Obstructive symptoms in the gastrointestinal tract
- Weight loss
- Formation of hairballs (trichobezoars) in the stomach or intestines


Trichophagia is typically diagnosed based on a patient's history and physical examination. X-rays or endoscopy may be performed to evaluate the extent of the hairball formation in the digestive tract.


Treatment of trichophagia typically involves a combination of psychological counseling and behavioral therapy to address the underlying compulsion to eat hair. Nutritional support may also be necessary if malnutrition has occurred. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove hairballs from the digestive tract.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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