Ten days ago, doctors at Sassoon hospital successfully operated her on what is known in medical terminology as ‘ovarian auto-amputation’.
It has reported a rare case in which the neglect for an abdominal pain has caused a 13 year old girl to lose her ovaries.
Ovarian auto-amputation is a condition which leads to twist of a normal ovary followed by necrosis (death of tissues).
Neha (name changed), was suffering from lower abdominal pain since 2014. But her neglect over her pain and a careless attitude by her parents has now left her without ovaries.
Dr Ramesh Bhosale, Head of the Gynaecology Department of Sassoon’s BJ Medical College, who headed the team of doctors for the operation said, “Mental operation was major than physical operation in this case. Great efforts were taken to convince patient’s family for the girl to undergo surgery. Due to neglect she had already lost one of her ovary and a further delay for operation might have caused other complications.”
“She has lost her both ovaries at the age of 13. She will not be able to have her own biological child in future. Also, she will be dependent on medications and also on external hormones for her entire life. All this could have been avoided had she approached a doctor at an early stage. Be it any type of abdominal pain, women should not neglect it,” added Bhosale.
Doctors informed that one ovary had already died and fallen in the uterus few months ago. The doctors removed the fallen ovary along with the other ovary that had died and which had remained suspended in the uterus.
Medical literature, suggest that the incidence of ovarian auto-amputation is only 0.001 per cent.
Dr Savita Kambale, associate professor at Sassoon’s BJ Medical College who was part of the team, said, “Neha will have to remain under external hormone supply for entire life now. It is not just fertility loss for her, but it will also affect her bones, heart etc. Parents should be made aware on how important reproductive health in adolescent age is.”
Neha’s father, Vijay (name changed) who has studied till standard eight and who is a labourer working with a small scale industry in Pune, said, “We did not know how severe the matter was before doctors here counselled us. We neglected for taking treatment as pain was not severe till recently.”
With a heavy heart, he added, “Now we regret over our neglect. Now that my daughter has lost her ovaries, I will ensure that she gets regular medication in the future so that there won’t be any further complications.”