Surgeons remove 30 inches of Chinese man's large intestine

Jane Richards
June 13, 2017

He reportedly relied on laxatives to help him use the bathroom, but still a large amount of feces built up in his intestines over the course of many years.

Zhou told doctors that he had been suffering from constipation since he was born. While his parents didn't think much of the ailment, eventually it turned serious.

But his condition worsened in the three days before his operation, and Zhou was forced to seek treatment due to the severe abdominal pain. His stomach was severely distended, and appeared almost ready to burst. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.

The recent operation, led by expert surgeon Dr. Yin Lu, helped remove what tests revealed to be years worth of feces trapped in his colon. The abnormal part of the colon is removed and the healthy part is attached to an opening the doctors will make in the child's abdomen, called a stoma.

According to the doctors at the 10th People's Hospital of Shanghai, the patient's stomach began bulging when he was still very young.

Following a CAT scan, doctors diagnosed Zhou as having Hirschsprung's disease, a rare condition that causes the colon to malfunction and can result in a build-up of faecal matter.

The disease is uncommonly diagnosed in adults.

The signs and symptoms of Hirschsprung's disease include a swollen belly, vomiting, constipation or gas, and diarrhea, The Mayo Clinic reported.

The patient had been having stomach pain, and went to a hospital in Chengdu, where an X-ray showed his heart had shifted to the right because his colon had swelled to double its normal size.

Doctors said the man looked like he was nine months pregnant because of the painful enlargement and feces backup. This disease caused the patient with chronic constipation, and if not treated for a longer time it develops a megacolon.

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