HA NOI — Surgeons from the Viet Nam National Pediatrics Hospital yesterday successfully operated on a fourteen-month old boy's choledochal cyst via laparoscopy, the 500th such case in Viet Nam since 2007.
According to the hospital director, Nguyen Thanh Liem, choledochal cysts are congenital conditions involving cystic dilatation of bile ducts. They are uncommon in western countries, but not as rare in Asian nations like Viet Nam and China.
The boy undergoing the surgery is Nghiem Quang Thanh from Vu Thu District in northern Thai Binh Province. His father Nghiem Quang Viet said he brought Thanh to the provincial hospital two months ago with symptoms such as high temperature, abdominal pain and jaundice. However, the hospital failed to treat him and moved him to the National Pediatrics Hospital.
With laparoscopic operations, patients can eat two days after and five days later be discharged.
A hospital study on more than 600 patients since 2007 showed that laparoscopic operations are safer than open operations on choledochal cysts.
"Moreover, the patients' recovery and hospital stay are shorter and the cosmetic result is superior," Liem said.
Viet Nam is one of the few countries in Asia with the highest number of choledochal cyst cases. It is reported that around 100 patients are operated on per year, two-third being girls. The hospital is studying the reasons behind the unequal numbers amongst boys and girls. — VNS