Rare heart surgery performed on Nepalese patient

June 3rd, 2010 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Faridabad, June 3 (IANS) A rare surgery has been performed on a 20-year-old Nepalese patient suffering from congenital heart condition in this satellite town of the national capital, a doctor said Thursday.
Suman (name changed) was treated by a team of doctors at the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad, for Marfan’s syndrome last week.

“She came to the hospital in a serious state with a congenital condition called Marfan’s syndrome. This condition affects the connective tissue of the body, affecting various organs like aorta, heart valves, eyes, limbs and fingers,” said Mukesh Goel, the cardiologist who performed the surgery.

Goel said the case was complex as Suman’s aorta was enlarged right from the root and up to the level where neck vessels arise to the brain.

“Her heart valve was leaking severely and required early surgery to avoid rupture of the aorta which causes instant death,” he said.

Marfan’s syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. People with Marfan’s syndrome are typically tall, with long limbs and long thin fingers. The most serious complications in Marfan syndrome are the defects of the heart valves and aorta.

Explaining about the six-hour surgical procedure, Goel said: “The process for this kind of surgery is very complex. In her case, the diseased valve, aortic root and portion of aorta up to just before the origin of neck vessels was removed and replaced with special valved tube prosthesis.”

According to doctors, the patient, who did not wish to be identified, was discharged after the surgery and is doing well.

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