A man presented with painful enlargement of abdomen and reported constipation for years.
Chinese doctors removed an overly-enlarged section of his bowels, measuring 28lbs.
The patient was believed to be suffering from years of constipation, judging from the accumulation of 22 years-worth of feces.
The unnamed man was reportedly constipated since birth.
Following the operation, surgeons from Tenth People’s Hospital of Shanghai removed 30 inches of his enlarged bowels, which was filled with 28 pounds of feces.
The man is said to have the condition called Hirschprung’s disease, which affects one in every 5,000 babies and is commonly seen in males.
In Hirschprung’s disease, the nerves that control gut stretching, signal defecation, and are responsible for peristalsis, are absent, thus allowing the bowels to over-stretch, enlarge, or swell in size. Feces, waste matter then accumulate, as the person has difficulty in pooping. Those with this extreme form of constipation will have to undergo stoma surgery to divert flow of feces towards a pouch in the abdomen. Surgery is always needed in this disease. In young children, signs include a swollen stomach, persistent constipation, failure to thrive, not eating well and gaining lots of weight.
KAMI wants to remind all the readers, most especially the parents, the importance of newborn screening in neonates. This detects many congenital defects early on, giving children with these diseases the fighting chance to live a happy, normal life as possible. If your child presents with these signs and symptoms, or show unusual, abnormal patterns, visit your nearest health care provider immediately. Early detection can go a long way!
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