Doctors Remove 28 Pounds Of Feces From Man
Doctors have removed 28 pounds of feces from the bowels of a man who was reportedly constipated since birth due to the Hirschsprung’s disease which causes the bowels to swell because the nerves that are supposed to control the gut are missing.
The unnamed 22-year-old had 30 inches of his grossly enlarged bowel removed by surgeons at Tenth People’s Hospital of Shanghai, East China.
Doctor Yin Lu and his team of experts met with the man and said he looked like he was nine months pregnant because of the painful enlargement and feces backup. The medical experts believe he had been constipated for years and looked ‘like he was about to explode.’
The patient said he had always suffered from constipation and used laxatives, but those only offered a brief relief. He finally went to the hospital so doctors could relieve him of his symptoms.
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The medic’s instinct told them that the patient was suffering from a form of megacolon and tests conducted confirmed that the man had months, even years, worth of feces inside a portion of his colon, causing the immense swelling of his abdomen.
At the end of a 3-hour operation, doctors successfully removed the affected portion of his colon as well as the massive accumulation of poop— and he is expected to recover.
After removing his gut, surgeons stitched it up at both ends to stop feces from falling out.
Hirschsprung’s disease is a rare condition which mainly affects babies (one in every 5,000) and young children.
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It causes poo to become stuck in the bowels because the nerves that control the movement of feces are missing from a section at the end of the bowel, which means poo can build-up and form a blockage.
This disease is uncommonly diagnosed in adults. It also is more common for males to be affected by the condition.
Hirschsprung’s disease can cause severe constipation, and occasionally lead to a serious bowel infection called enterocolitis if it’s not identified and treated early.
Furthermore, Hirschsprung’s is associated with certain inherited conditions, such as Down’s syndrome and other abnormalities present at birth, such as congenital heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The condition is congenital and usually causes visually noticeable symptoms from birth, although sometimes it is not obvious until a child is a year old or two.
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Some who develop this extreme form of constipation will need to have stomach surgery – where a small hole on the abdomen is created to divert the flow of feces into a pouch.
For babies, symptoms include not passing the dark poop withing 48 hours after birth. This is called meconium.
Other red flags are a swollen stomach, gassy diarrhea and throwing up green fluids.
In young children, signs include a swollen stomach, persistent constipation, failure to thrive, not eating well and gaining lots of weight.
It’s not clear what causes the disease, but it’s not thought to be caused by anything the mother did while she was pregnant. It sometimes runs in families.
All children with Hirschsprung’s disease will need surgery.