Kochi, May 3, 2015: The doctors at the Kochi-based Rajagiri Hospital made a remarkable achievement by treating chronic Arch Aneurysm (an abnormal swelling in the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the human body) without surgery, thus giving a new lease of life to a 71 year old man. The doctors in the Cardiology and Cardio-Vascular department in the hospital cured the patient, who was brought to the hospital with symptoms of blood vomiting. He was also diagnosed with high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease. He had lost 2 liters of blood through vomiting, which he thought was due to ulcer in the abdomen. It was then noticed in the CT Scan that there was a swelling near the aorta, the main artery in the human body originating from the left ventricle of the heart and extending down to the abdomen.
The patient was subjected to MRI–Angiogram which revealed that the swelling was arising from the aortic arch and it was compressing the oesophagus and was about to rupture anytime causing death of the patient. An endoscopy was performed on the patient, in which it was confirmed that the pulsating swelling with clot was creating hindrance in oesophageal passage. Dr. Ramdas Nayak and Dr. Mathews Paul subjected the patient to emergency Endovascular stenting which was performed successfully following which the patient stabilized hemodynamically and had a quick recovery in less than 48 hours. Dr. Shiv K Nair, Dr. Krishnan, Dr. George Valooran and Dr. Annie Thomas also were part of the procedure.