In a rare medical case, doctors performed corrective surgery on a boy with three uvulas. Ekjyot Singh, a two-year-old boy, was born with this condition due to a hereditary birth defect.
Usually, everybody’s mouth has one uvula. The uvula is the fleshy piece of tissue hanging down over your tongue toward the back of your mouth. It’s part of the soft palate. The soft palate helps close your nasal passages when you swallow. The uvula helps push food toward your throat.
The corrective surgery was performed at Shushrusha Hospital in Dadar. Doctors treating him were astonished as they had not witnessed such a case before.
According to the doctors, the case of having three uvulas is very rare. Such cases are found in only one among one lakh children. The doctors performed corrective surgery to remove two extra uvulas from his mouth, and relocated a uvula which was in the wrong place to the correct position inside his mouth.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra about this rare occurrence, Dr Nitin Mokal, a plastic surgeon said, “When he came to me, his jaw was torn off. The uvula was in the wrong place. Apart from this, there were two other uvulas. We didn’t do surgery that time as he was too small. But, now the extra two uvulas have been removed. And the one which was at the wrong place has been brought to the right place. “
Dr Mokal further said that there are many cases of jaw-dropping. But, this case was very different. This problem is witnessed only in one child among one lakh children.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, his father Ajit Singh said, “Prior to the surgery, he was unable to eat or drink normally due to two additional uvulas. He also had a torn jaw since birth and was unable to cry. We used to feed him milk through a spoon. But now, after the surgery he can eat. He is not talking right now. After few months of speech therapy he will be able to speak. “
Speaking about Ekjyot situation, Rohit Narvekar, a paediatrician said, “There are many reasons for birth defects in children. But three uvulas in the mouth is a different matter altogether. “
Nanded Government Hospital gynaecologist Dr Kishor Yadav said, “Genetics is the main cause behind birth anomalies. Cases regarding three uvulas are very rare. But, these children can live like normal children if they get proper treatment and medication. They can speak and eat properly once treated. Pregnant women should be cautious during pregnancy so that birth defects do not occur”