A strange and surprising case of chronic constipation was recorded in Shanghai, China, and which was reported by the Gizmodo portal.
A 22-year-old boy arrived at the hospital with his abdomen so inflamed that it looked like he was 9 months pregnant.
The reason? Zhou Hai suffered from Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition of the colon that makes defecation difficult, so it had to be operated immediately.
After more than three hours of intervention, doctors extracted 13 kilos of accumulated fecal matter in the colon, which at that time 76 centimeters long, much more than the normal length of 60 centimeters.
The case is a medical milestone and this disease, which affects approximately one in every 5,000 live births.
Hirschsprung’s disease occurs when the enteric nervous system does not move the bowel to expel stool.
So far the only effective treatment for this disease is an operation.
Featured Image Credit: Shanghai People’s Hospital
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