6-year-old undergoes complex laparoscopic procedure at Chennai hospital

The boy was diagnosed with a bile duct cyst; a laprascopic procedure was preferred due to faster recovery, doctors said

A 6-year-old boy from West Bengal, who was diagnosed with a bile duct cyst, underwent a complex laparoscopic procedure at the city’s GEM hospital.

A hospital statement said the boy was diagnosed with a bile duct cyst, a cyst in the common bile duct that carries bile from the liver to the intestine through the gallbladder. The statement added that the disease could be life threatening as it could later lead to jaundice, pancreatitis or cancer.

Stressing that it was a congenital disease, the statement said the child’s parents preferred laparoscopic intervention instead of open surgery.

P. Senthilnathan, surgical gastroenterologist and hospital director, said high expertise was needed for the surgery to facilitate the drainage of bile from the liver to the intestine after the cyst is removed. He said the laparoscopic procedure was preferred because it involved a smaller scar, less pain after surgery, and faster recovery.

C. Palanivelu, president, and S. Asokan, general manager and director of the hospital, congratulated the surgical team.

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