Surgeons Remove Over 28 Pounds of Feces From a Constipated Man | Inverse

Hirschsprung's disease affects one in every 5,000 babies

Hirschsprung's disease affects one in every 5,000 babies

Zhou went to a hospital in Shanghai where a CT scan showed he had a massive buildup of feces in his colon.

A Chinese patient recently underwent a three-hour procedure with a team of surgeons to remove 30 inches of his bloated large intestines.

Zhou Hai, 22, had suffered from constipation since he was born, according to Asia One. 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. The severe abdominal pain and colon problems were the result of a condition known as Hirschsprung's disease. Doctors removed about 30 inches of his colon and even posed with it. While his parents didn't think much of the ailment, eventually it turned serious. Hirschsprung's Disease can affect infants as well as adults and patients experiencing discomfort or swelling for extended periods of time should consult their medical professionals.

It took about three-hour for operation and surgeons removed a section of colon from Zhou's body which was 76cm long and weighed 13kg on Thursday. The missing nerves prevent the normal excretion of waste matter through the colon.

Treatment of the condition requires surgical removal of the diseased part of the colon, Mayo Clinic explains. Initially, doctors were shocked to see what they found, and Doctor Yin Lu of the Tenth People's Hospital of Shanghai was quoted saying, 'It looked like it could explode at any time.' Doctors stated that now the patient is stable and will recover slowly.

The man had been admitted to the hospital for the same symptoms previously, but doctors were able to determine what caused the stomach pain.

Doctors diagnosed the man with congenital megacolon, which can lead to the bowels becoming paralyzed and cause fecal tumors.

Those with the disease are prone to an intestinal infection called enterocolitis, which can be life-threatening.

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