Doctors of NHMMI successfully remove cyst-infested spleen of woman

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2017 10:13:07



Doctors at NHMMI Narayana Multispecialty Hospital, Raipur successfully used laparoscopic surgery to remove cyst-infested spleen of a 50-year-old woman who had been complaining of pain in abdomen and difficulty in breathing for several months, but had stayed undiagnosed elsewhere.

The spleen had so enlarged that it was pressing against the lungs and diaphragm – a fleshy wall separating heart and lungs in the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity –making her breathing difficult.

Known as hydatid cysts, the ones that affect spleen are a rare type of internal organ cysts and pose a surgical challenge for doctors as any rupture during surgical removal can risk the patient’s life. Conventionally this type of surgery is done through open method with big incision, but it can be done by laparoscopic method which has many advantages over the open method. But also the flip side is that even laparoscopic surgery is not for everyone.

The parasites leading to cyst formation so infect the spleen that its removal is the only way a patient’s life can be saved. Even as laparoscopic surgery offers the advantage of being minimally invasive, in case of hydatid cysts of spleen it needs high precision levels on part of the surgeons.

Dr Rajesh Kumar Sinha, Consultant General and Laparoscopic surgery, said that decision was taken to do the procedure through laparoscope only considering its advantages over traditional method like minimal cut, minimal bleeding, early recovery, less post-operative pain and lower morbidity.

This surgery was carried out through four tiny holes, Dr Sinha said and added it went absolutely well - with no rupture of cyst or spillage of cystic fluids in the abdomen. Terming the case as ‘unique’, Dr Sinha revealed that the patient was discharged in few days and resumed her daily routine subsequently.