A 30-year-old woman with a rare medical anomaly where the main portal vein was absent and blood was bypassing the liver, underwent a corrective surgery at Sunshine Hospitals.

The patient who suffered from recurrent severe abdominal pain and chest infection for the last seven years also had hypersplenism, a condition in which the spleen gets enlarged and blood cells are destroyed, resulting in loss of platelets and low blood count.

A medical team headed by consultant surgical gastroenterologist and liver and pancreatic surgeon Anand Kumar detected the anomaly.

The hospital claimed that only 83 such cases had been reported since 1793, and that the present case was even rarer. Dr. Kumar had to conduct a special surgery to maintain the patient’s intestinal blood flow. The hospital authorities said the patient was doing fine.

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