Jalandhar:A 21-year-old Iraqi woman received another chance to live a full and happy life in district.
The patient was suffering from a rare genetic condition in which blood clots prevented the flow of blood into the liver and outflow from the liver to the heart.
A press release stated that Bnar Satar Mala noticed the first sign of ailment in 2014 when her skin started to turn pale. Her skin eventually turned yellow with severe pain shooting down the left shoulder to her arm. Later, she developed swelling in her limbs and abdomen.
Dr Vivek Vij, Director, Liver Transplant at Fortis Memorial Research Institute said that, “Doctors in Iran diagnosed her with a rare disorder called Budd Chiari Syndrome- a condition where blood clots completely or partially block the blood flow to the liver in an individual. Due to the blockage in the hepatic vein, which obstructed the outflow, her liver was gradually dying
The doctor said that her liver had turned completely black and shrunk, hence requiring urgent transplant in order to save her life. “The patient’s IVC was completely blocked and she required a lot of blood transfusion during the surgery”, he said.
During the operation, the affected liver was removed and a part of the liver was taken from her brother and transplanted in the patient.
“In this case, the challenge was to suture the liver “directly” to the heart, as the patient’s native IVC was completely blocked”, Dr Vij said.
The hepatic vein was sutured directly to the heart through this novel technique and the team made sure that they did all this avoiding sternotomy (cutting open the chest to reach the heart), the doctors shared in the press release.