In a first-of-its-kind case that offered a number of challenges a group of surgeons at AIIMS-New Delhi eliminated a 20-cm-long kitchen knife from a person’s liver. The affected person’s situation is now steady, docs have mentioned.
The 28-year-old man had reportedly swallowed the knife a month-and-a-half in the past and continued residing his life usually until he began experiencing lack of urge for food and belly ache. His household remained unaware of what he had performed until the docs did an X-ray scan.
The three-hour-long life-saving surgical procedure to take away the knife, which was totally lodged within the liver, was carried out beneath the supervision of surgeon Dr NR Das from the Division of Gastroenterology.
Docs at AIIMS mentioned that for them this was the primary case of an individual swallowing a complete knife and surviving. Until now, they’ve solely seen three to 4 circumstances of sufferers swallowing sharp objects, together with a needle, a pin and a fish hook.
The affected person, who’s from Haryana, was hooked on medicine and swallowed the knife after he couldn’t get any marijuana.
“Once we noticed the X-ray we have been shocked; there was a giant knife. That is when he informed us what had occurred,” he mentioned.
The largest problem in eradicating the knife was its place, Dr Das and his group shared.
“The knife was dangerously near the bile duct, and the primary blood-circulating artery and vein. Any mistake by us and the affected person might have bled to loss of life. So, we minimize via the intestinal wall to succeed in the liver and eliminated the knife,” Dr Das mentioned.
Based on Dr Dar, first a radiologist eliminated pus from the affected person’s lungs and liver to cease an infection from spreading additional, then a psychiatrist began medicating and counselling the affected person to provide him braveness and assist him consider that his situation isn’t past restore. “Then his physique was strengthened with dietary supplements so he might survive the surgical procedure, which we carried out on July 19,” he mentioned, including that the affected person was referred to AIIMS from Safdarjung Hospital on July 12.