It may not be the most appetizing reading before a hearty holiday meal, but the New England Journal of Medicine
is devoting part of its Thanksgiving issue to a giant hairball -- and not the feline kind.
The prestigious journal details the case of a previously healthy 18-year-old woman who consulted a team of gastrointestinal specialists.
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|Doctors say this hairball removed from a woman's stomach weighed 10 pounds.
She complained of a five-month history of pain and swelling in her abdomen, vomiting after eating and a 40-pound weight loss.