Chinese doctors have removed around 13 Kgs of feces from the intestine of a 22 year-old man who was reportedly constipated since birth.
The unnamed 22-year-old had 30 inches of his grossly enlarged bowel removed by surgeons at Tenth People’s Hospital of Shanghai in China.
The man is believed to be suffering from Hirschsprung, the rare congenital disease which causes bowels to swell because of the missing nerve cells in Colon which are supposed to control the gut. Chronic constipation leads to pile up of waste, creating what is known as a ‘megacolon’.
Doctors said the man looked like he was nine months pregnant because of the painful enlargement and feces backup.
Media report suggests that If not treated early, a person can even develop sepsis – a potentially life-threatening complication in which toxins get mixed with the bloodstream. However, this man’s diagnosis was delayed until adulthood as his parents considered it a ‘small ailment’.
Dr Yin Lu who performed the surgery on June 8 told Chinese news site The Paper that the man’s colon had swollen so much that he looked as if he was about to explode.