Indore: A 15-year-old girl had decreased her diet in fear of gaining weight but she surprised doctors of Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital by what was found in her stomach. Doctors of the hospital saved life of the girl by removing a 3.5- feet long bunch of synthetic thread from the end of large and small intestine, which she had eaten.
According to doctors, it was first of its kind case as they have removed trichobezoar (mass of hair) and PICA (mass of mud) earlier but not the mass of thread and clothes. Surgeon of MY Hospital Dr Arvind Shukla said, “A 15-year-old girl had approached them with the problem of stomach ache and loss of appetite.
After going through diagnoses, we found the blockage in small intestine and planned surgery.” During surgery on February 11, the doctors were surprised that a snake like foreign object was stuck in large intestine and small intestine of the patient.
“The object was about 1.5-feet long in large intestine and about 2-feet long in small intestine.
After removing the object, we found that it was a mass of thread and clothes,” Dr Arvind Shukla said. After counselling the girl, the doctors found that the patient was mentally ill and she had started eating threads in the absence of her mother. “She also accepted that she had a fear of gaining weight after which she stopped taking food but eat threads,” doctors said adding, “It was first of its kind case as no literature of such case was found by us yet.”
The patient is healthy and recovering now. “Surgery took four hours in which we also removed the gangrened intestine of patient,” Dr Shukla said. Dr Manish Kaushal, Dr Sudhanshu, Dr Neha, Dr Amit, Dr Virendra, Dr Deepali and Dr KK Arora took part in surgery.