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Ignored blood vomiting, acid reflux, got food pipe tumor

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Dr. Roy Patankar, Director and Gastroenterologist, Zen Multispecialty Hospital

 Rohit Shishodia
Ignoring long-term acid reflux, weight loss and blood in vomit could prove to be fatal. A 43-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh did pay heed to these three problems and ended up with a tumor in his food pipe.

His health deteriorated one day and he landed up in the emergency of a Mumbai hospital. Timely intervention by doctors saved his life by removing the tumor through rare laparoscopic surgery. Now, the patient has been discharged and can eat and swallow properly.

The line of treatment needed to be precise so that there was no damage to the food pipe and surrounding important blood vessels as complications can lead to a risk to life.

Mr. Mohammad Asif Khan, the patient, was living a smooth life until he had bleeding from the food pipe. An endoscopy was performed which confirmed a tumor in the food pipe.

He found it difficult to swallow the food. He was having acid reflux in the upper portion of the abdomen. Surgery was conducted on October 8, 2020.

Dr. Roy Patankar, Director and Gastroenterologist, Zen Multispecialty Hospital, Mumbai, said, “On arrival in an emergency, the patient was vomiting and found it difficult to breathe. An endoscopy carried out suggested that there was a tumor located in the food pipe. A tumor may occur when the cells in the lining of the esophagus grow out of control. It was later confirmed to be a rare kind of tumor called leiomyoma.”

After conducting all necessary investigations, the patient was taken up for surgery which lasted for approximately 3-4 hours. Later, he was shifted to ICU for monitoring and after a couple of days he was shifted to normal ward. He was kept nil by mouth for 3 days and later started with liquids and gradually to a full diet.

Dr. Patankar said, “The patient was successfully treated by using the laparoscopic method to remove the tumor from the food pipe that is the esophagus. During surgery, an endoscopy was done to see the tear in the food pipe. This is a rare laparoscopic surgery as usually this type of tumor requires opening the chest and extracting the tumor by creating passage.”

“In case of delay in treatment, the tumor may spread, and cure may become next to impossible. We suggest to people not to ignore any kind of symptoms such as long-term acid reflux, weight loss, or blood in vomit. One should consult with their doctor to seek help,” suggested Dr. Patankar.


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