Gleneagles Global Health City Becomes The First Hospital In South India To Treat A Man Suffering From Trachea Oesophageal Fistula

~ GGHC becomes the first hospital to place an ASD close device to close the gap between the Trachea and Oesophagus

Chennai, 6th July 2022: Doctors at Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC), a leading tertiary care hospital in Chennai, successfully treated a patient suffering from Trachea Oesophageal Fistula by placing an ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) closure device to bridge the opening between the Trachea and Oesophagus.

A 45-year-old man, hailing from Chennai, was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer and was unable to eat or drink anything as the disease had obstructed the airway. Therefore, as a temporary solution, a nasogastric tube, running from the nostril into the stomach, was inserted to get food into his system. In addition to this, he was administered radiotherapy which resulted in ‘Tracheo Oesophageal fistula’. This resulted in the patient losing weight, drastically, as his health also deteriorated.

He was referred to GGHC where the doctors conducted Gastrointestinal endoscopy and the results revealed a large opening created between the Oesophagus and the trachea. The patient’s exposure to radiotherapy worsened the situation as the area around the large opening was fragile.

The team of doctors handling this highly complex case comprised Dr. B. Mahadevan, Senior Consultant & Head, Dr Vishnu, Consultant, Dept. of Medical Gastroenterology and Dr. Gobu, Senior Consultant & Head – Dept. of Cardiology.

Elaborating on the case, Dr. Mahadevan, Senior Consultant & Head, Dept. of Medical Gastroenterology, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai said, “An ASD device is an interventional procedure that is used to close a defect or an opening between the right and left sides of the heart. For the very first time, we used this device to close the opening between the oesophagus and trachea of the patient. This enabled the patient to swallow food easily through his mouth.”

Congratulating the team on the success of the case, Dr. Alok Khullar, CEO, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai, said, “We will continue to advance our capabilities and pioneer therapeutic approaches that will help us deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients. I applaud the entire GGHC team for pioneering this successful procedure.”


About Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai:

Gleneagles Global Health City at Perumbakkam, Chennai is one of India’s most renowned multi-organ transplant centre. It’s also one of the top tertiary care multi-speciality hospitals in the city with path-breaking Liver, Neuro, Heart, Lung and Kidney procedures to its credit and legacy. The NABH, NABL and NABB accredited hospital operates 200+ beds. A modern CathLab, 13 operation theatres, advanced imaging services (Trubeam STX, Slice PET CT and Tesla MRI) offer cutting edge emergency and critical care management following internationally approved clinical protocols.

Over 10 years of clinical excellence has earned the hospital tie-ups with all major cashless health insurance players and is the preferred choice hospital by all major corporates in the city. The hospital is an international medical destination for thousands of patients in India, Middle East, Africa and SAARC nations. The hospital also offers VideoConsult services to its patients in India and abroad.

Gleneagles Global Health City is a part of IHH Healthcare, one of the world’s largest healthcare providers. With its full spectrum of integrated services, dedicated people, reach and scale, and commitment to quality and safety, IHH aspires to be the world’s most trusted healthcare services network, united by a single purpose: to touch lives and transform care. More information on Gleneagles Global Health City can be found at hospital website

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