Untreated trichotillomania and trichophagia: surgical emergency in a teenage girl

Psychosomatics. Jul-Aug 2005;46(4):362-6. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.46.4.362.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bezoars / complications*
  • Bezoars / surgery*
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Trichotillomania / complications*