Medics Save Man with Elephant's Nose
Medical professionals conducted a unique operation on a patient whose nose was
turning into a trunk.
Doctors of the Moscow regional scientific clinical institute named after
Vladimirsky operated on a man whose nose tissues grew to gigantic size.
The rare disease is called rhinophyma and it has been known for a while, yet it
is the first case in the world when the growth reached this size.
A 63-year old resident of a city in Moscow region was admitted to the hospital
when the growth on his nose reached his chin.
The man was experiencing certain difficulties eating and breathing, let alone
his appearance. The huge tumor was completely covering his mouth, and the man
had to eat lifting his tumor with one hand and holding a spoon with the other.
The only way to treat rhinophyma is surgical. During this procedure
anesthesiologists encountered an unexpected issue when it was difficult to fix
an oxygen mask on his face. The doctors found the way out and everything went
"The operation was conducted with the application of cold plasma. This is a
relatively new method first used in 2005. Extra tissue is cut off with a
special device . The advantage of the method is reduced blood loss, control
over all removed tissue, absence of pain and fast healing. The causes of the
diseases are not known. Usually it is men who suffer from it, rarely women. It
is interesting that Afro-Americans never suffer from it," the doctor explains.
"Smoking, alcohol, high blood pressure, diabetes may cause the disease. The
first symptom is alteration of skin color. If you develop redness, blue color
and uneven skin surface on your nose you should consult a doctor. Timely
treatment will prevent further growth," said the doctor.
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