‘Breathing through my nose was a distant dream for me, now I am happy’

Khatibai had developed a dentigerous cyst that develops around the crown of an uninterrupted tooth. Such cysts can be easily cured, if treated at early stages. Khatibai’s case became risky as it took her a year to get it treated. Doctors said the size of the cyst, in her case, was unusual. In her case, the cyst had grown so big that it blocked her nasal passage. But after the surgery, she can now breathe through her nose

'Breathing through my nose was a distant dream for me, now I am happy'

“Since the last one year, I was not able to breathe using my nose; I used to breathe through my mouth. It used to pain a lot, but finally I am able to breathe freely now. Last year was a painful journey for me, but now I am happy,” said Khatibai a tribal woman from interior Maharashtra who has been operated for her dentigerous cyst at Sassoon Hospital, Pune.

After successful removal of cyst at Sassoon hospital in Pune, Khatibai, a woman from the tribal area of Nandurbar is able to breathe using her nose. She had developed a dentigerous cyst on her nose which had blocked her nasal passage and did not allow her to breathe using her nose for almost a year.

Doctors at Sassoon Hospital had operated on her cyst on June 8. Doctors removed her dressing on Wednesday and have confirmed that Khatibai is now able to breathe using her nose.

She hails from a tribal village of Nandurbar and there is no hospital in the village. The dwellers there have to depend on a doctor, who visits once a week. The 22-year-old developed a dentigerous cyst that develops around the crown of an uninterrupted tooth. This leads to obstruction of blood flow and creates accumulation of fluid, leading to infection and consequently, a cyst.

Khatibai said, “For last one year, I was not able to contribute financially. Our entire family was dependent on my husband’s income. Now, I am happy that I would be able to work in the farm.”

She has started semi-solid diet. “Eating was painful for me for since the last one year. But now, I can eat semi-solid food without feeling any pain. I am excited to go back to my village and to show my face to my five-year-old daughter.”

Such cysts can be easily cured, if they are treated at early stages. Khatibai’s case became risky as it took her a year to get it treated. Doctors said the size of the cyst, in her case, was unusual. While in majority of cases, dentigerous cysts are around one by one centimetre, in her case it measured around four by five centimetres. The cyst had grown so big that it blocked her nasal passage.

Dr Samir Joshi, professor and head of ENT department, BJ Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, had headed the team for the operation. Dr Rahul Thakur, from ENT department who was also part of the surgery team, said, “Test results have shown that it was dentigerous cyst. The patient is now able to breathe through her nose.”