- 14-year-old Minnat from Tanzania was thin to the bones because whatever she ate would again revert to her throat and stay in the food pipe.
- A proper treatment was not available and doctors in her country only provided her with medications that supressed the symptoms but didn't cure the cause.
- After suffering for three years, her unusual condition was finally diagnosed as Achalasia cardia by the doctors at Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru.
- A rare muscle disorder, in achalasia cardia the muscles do not relax to let the food go down the stomach leading to problem in swallowing, heartburn and weightloss.
- Consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist, Dr. Rajvigna Venugopal decided to perform the minimally invasive procedure of peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM).
- The procedure ensures zero incisions and a blood loss of about 5ml.
- Post the treatment, the teenager is steadily recovering.
Source: Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru