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A case unique in the world. UCK doctors saved the life of 6-year-old Alex

MedExpress Team


Published Jan. 23, 2024 13:03

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A multidisciplinary team of specialists from the University Clinical Center of the Medical University of Gdansk saved the life of 6-year-old Alexander. The absolute havoc in the boy's respiratory system was most likely caused by a fungal infection. His condition was so serious and complicated that even the world's leading centers saw no chance of saving him. - It's a bit of a miracle that he survived and came out of it in such good condition, without any neurological disorders. The whole team did an unbelievable, titanic job, this interaction was downright perfect. Hats off to - emphasizes Professor Piotr Czauderna, MD, head of the Department of Surgery and Urology of Children and Adolescents.

Alex was brought to the University Clinical Center last August with a giant defect in his trachea and esophagus, which gradually grew larger. At first, in the doctors' assessment, the boy's condition offered no chance for improvement and reconstruction. Centers around the world, which our specialists contacted about the little patient, had not encountered a similar case. This was an absolutely unprecedented situation.

Doctors suspected that such havoc in the 6-year-old's body was caused by an Aspergillus fungus infection, which in turn occurred by destabilizing the boy's newly diagnosed diabetes. It was the mold fungus that led to soft tissue breakdown within the breast tissue.

After two weeks of conservative treatment, which did not work, doctors decided to perform reconstructive surgery. Without this decision, the boy would have simply died.

- We saw the disease progressing day by day. It started with a small hole that was getting bigger. At the time we reconstructed the respiratory tree, 7 centimeters of the trachea were missing, the left bronchus almost entirely and part of the right bronchus," recalled Dr. Marcin Losin, M.D., of UCK's Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery and Urology. - There was no way to use an artificial replacement, and the only idea that came to mind was to use his own esophagus. To my knowledge, no one had done this before. We cut it off partially at the top and bottom and used what was left for airway reconstruction. This reconstruction was absolutely...

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