Woman Grows Hair in Her Mouth
Sat, January 28, 2023

Woman Grows Hair in Her Mouth


In 2009, a 19-year-old woman sought help from doctors at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli in Italy after noticing that eyelash-like hairs kept growing from the gums behind her upper front teeth. The medical professionals diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition involving an imbalance of reproductive hormones. With this condition, it is normal to suffer from hirsutism or unwanted hair growth that follows a male pattern. The woman was given birth control pills to regulate her hormone levels and underwent oral surgery to remove the gum hairs.


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After six years, the woman came back. While the medications worked it first, the gum hair returned and had spread to her chin and neck. Since she admitted to having stopped taking the birth control pills, the doctors advised her to undergo the same approach as before. After the surgery, she was asked to return after a year. But when she did, she had even more hair growing from her gums. The medical professionals then took a small tissue sample from her gums to run some tests.


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The tests revealed that the gum tissue the hair shafts were pushing through was unusually thick. She was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called gingival hirsutism, in which an individual grows hairs out of the soft tissues of their gums. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, this dichotomy remains very much a mystery.

“There is no clear explanation for this anomalous presence of one relatively common finding and the absence of the other in the oral mucosa,” the study published in the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology explained.


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The findings, however, showed that "the occurrence of hairs in the oral cavity is an extremely rare finding," and that the cause of the gingival hirsutism is still unknown. But, the researchers maintain that "an investigation of systemic health is always desirable because more complex medical conditions may be present and not recognized.”




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