Asia One reported that Zhou Hai, 22, had suffered from constipation since he was a newborn. Everyone thought it was a minor issue and Zhou lived with it and got no medical treatment. He did take laxatives, however, but his stomach was distended. Things got so bad that Zhou had trouble breathing and experienced extreme abdominal pain.
The CT scan revealed a massive buildup of feces in his colon. Zhou had emergency surgery to remove the blockage and part of his colon. The images show the section of bloated colon that surgeons removed from Zhou.
This section of colon weighed over 28 pounds! Doctors believe Zhou had years of buildup in his colon. After years of suffering, Zhou was finally diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease which is a rare disorder that affects fewer than 200,000 individuals in the United States each year. According to the Mayo Clinic, Hirschsprung’s disease is when some nerve cells are missing in the colon which makes it difficult to pass stool. The treatment is to have the affected part of the colon missing.
Cincinnati Children’s stated that the condition occurs more frequently in boys than in girls and there is a genetic cause.
If a parent suffered from Hirschsprung’s disease, then it is likely their children could have it also.
One early symptom is if an infant doesn’t have a bowel movement within 48 hours of birth. On the bright side, Zhou is expected to make a full recovery.
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