Pune: Man with rare vein blockage saved in the nick of time

The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) is the largest blood vessel in the body. Considering the length and location of the blockage it was a challenging surgery. It was performed without it being an open surgery. A slight mistake could have been fatal for the patient

Pune: Man with rare vein blockage saved in the nick of time

  • Doctors from Pune treated a 28-year-old man who was suffering from a very rare blockage of the vein.
  • The vein in particular is the largest blood vessels in the body which carries blood from lower half of the body to the heart
  • It had seen a blockage which was as long as 2.5 cm.
  • The blockage was of high risk for the patient if he had not been operated in time.

Doctors say that such kind of a long blockage is rarely seen. This phenomenon is extremely uncommon, with less than one in one million cases of such blockages reported in medical history.

This blockage had affected multiple veins all over chest, abdomen and back. The 2.5 cm long blockage of Inferior Vena Cava (IVC), the vein that takes blood from lower half of body to heart. It also affected the functioning of his liver, which caused him to develop liver cirrhosis.

Prakash Patil, (name changed), visited Aditya Birla Hospital on December 1 last year, with complaints of swelling on the lower limb and thickening of the skin. He was suffering from this problem since the last three years, but no one could diagnose the reason for the same.

Dr Sambhaji Pawal, Interventional Radiologist at Aditya Birla Hospital who examined him, said, “The cause behind swelling of limb and thickening of skin was occlusion (blockage) of IVC. When we diagnosed this, we had put a 22 mm stent in the IVC. It relieved the obstruction and instant changes were visible. Leg symptoms reversed, chest- abdominal wall veins disappeared and the on-going damage to the liver was stopped.”

Patil said, “I had come to them thinking I am having some leg problem, but they diagnosed the disease efficiently and provided me with immediate treatment. I am happy that my long suffering which had remained undiagnosed for all these years has finally come to an end.”

Prabath Mondel, Interventional Radiologist at Fortis hospital, Mumbai, said, “IVC is the largest blood vessel in the body. Considering the length and location of the blockage it was a challenging surgery which was performed without it being an open surgery. A slight mistake could have been fatal for the patient. Also, the size of this block was long and it is rare to have such long blockages.”