Apollo Hospitals, a leading healthcare institution, recently treated successfully a 66-year-old patient from Tajikistan with a complex and long standing medical condition.
The patient was diagnosed with compensated cirrhosis of the liver and portal hypertension, a condition in which the liver is scarred and blood flow through the liver is impaired due to increased pressure in the blood vessels along with a severely reduced level of proteins and albumin, leading to swelling in her entire body. She was evaluated for this at multiple centres and was advised a liver transplantation.
Upon presentation to IAH , she had a swollen abdomen, swelling in both lower limbs, and significant abdominal discomfort and was restricted to her bed, unable to move because of these issues.The protein and albumin levels in her body were significantly low. After further investigations ,she was found to have compensated cirrhosis of the liver with portal hypertension, Grade II Hiatus Hernia (a condition where part of the stomach pushes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm), small esophageal varices (swollen blood vessels in the tube connecting the throat to the stomach), and mild Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy (PHG) (a condition where the lining of the stomach becomes irritated due to increased pressure in the portal vein, the vein that carries blood from the digestive organs to the liver)
Under the expert care and supervision of Dr. Yogesh Batra, Senior Consultant in Gastroenterology at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, the patient was admitted on 23rd September 2023. Dr. Batra and his team embarked on a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the patient's unique medical needs. She remained under medical care with multimodality treatment to help with the underlying cause of liver cirrhosis as well as the varied symptoms arising out of it. She gradually showed signs of improvement, with an improved appetite, significant decrease in the swelling over legs and abdomen as well as improvement in mobility wherein she was able to walk herself out of the hospital.
After 8 days of inpatient care, she was finally discharged in significantly better shape, with near normal blood parameters and liver function.
Speaking on the same, Dr. Yogesh Batra, Senior Consultant said, "This complex case presented a significant medical challenge, but our priority was to provide a precise diagnosis and multidisciplinary care to manage the patient's condition effectively, with medical care only and without the need for an urgent liver transplant. The successful treatment of this case is a testament to the expertise and dedication of our team at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, as well as the collaboration between our medical experts and the patient's determination. We are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care, and we are proud to have helped this patient achieve a better quality of life."