According to reports, the 22-year-old man was diagnosed to have been born with a congenital condition known as Hirschsprung’s disease – also known as “HD”.
This is a rare condition involving a building-up of constipation throughout his life, that is, his stool cannot pass because of a lack of nerves in some muscles inside his colon.
As a result, the man’s abdomen began to bulge at a very young age – to the point where people thought he appeared heavily pregnant.
He had to rely on laxatives and other constipation medicine to force bowel movements to happen until he sought medical attention presumably because of intense discomfort.
Doctor Yin Lu and his team of experts at the 10th People’s Hospital of Shanghai, in East China, met with the man and claimed they were stunned by the size of the man’s abdomen, noting that “it looked like it could explode at any time.”
The medic’s instinct told him that the patient was suffering from a form of megacolon and tests quickly confirmed that the young man had months’ – if not years’ – worth of faeces trapped in the degenerative section of his colon.
He was taken into what was eventually a three-hour surgery to have 76 centimetres (30 inches) of his large intestine removed.
It was stitched closed at either end to prevent his stool from falling out and was in the end measured at some 13 kilogrammes (28 lbs).
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