A 35-year-old former Uzbek athlete, who was confined to a wheelchair two years ago following a mistaken tumour surgery, went back on his feet after undergoing a procedure at a city hospital.
Bekzod Abdulakhatov, suffered from spinal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a common birth defect, which could have been easily diagnosed and treated at an adolescent age, but it went unnoticed for 33 years, the hospital authorities said.
When diagnosed, it was mistaken for a tumour near spine for which the former athlete had to undergo critical open surgery at his home town Tashkent two years ago to remove the tumour.
This surgery went wrong to an extent that Bekzod was reduced to a wheelchair and lost his movement completely, they said.
The surgery that helped the Uzbekisatni national walk back again was conducted by a team of neurosurgeons at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, which involved a simple procedure - Digital Spine Analysis (DSA) and embolisation of venous malfunction to correct the abnormal flow of blood between his spinal artery and vein.
Bekzod came on a wheelchair but was determined to stand up on his feet again, displaying the true spirit of an athlete. He was apparently doing well two years ago, and then he was diagnosed with AVM which was mistaken for spinal tumour.
Following the surgery, his condition worsened and he was reduced to wheelchair with very weak lower limbs, said Dr Vikas Gupta, Director, Neurosurgery and Interventional and Endovascular Neurosurgery, BLK Centre for Neurosciences.
Arteriovenous Malformation (AVMs) are defects of the circulatory system that are generally believed to arise during embryonic or foetal development, or soon after birth. It is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, bypassing the capillary system, the hospital authorities said.
As a result, they can cause intense pain or bleeding or lead to other serious medical problems. Bekzods AVM was misdiagnosed, so it was not cured from the roots. After the surgery although the blood clot around his spine was absent for a few weeks, but it reappeared and started to choke on his spinal cord with high pressure enough to cripple him, Gupta said.
An eight-hour-long embolisation procedure was done to correct the anomaly on December 1.
He was kept under observation and monitored closely in neurosurgery ICU. Power in both lower limbs improved slightly in first few days and eventually the patient was able to stand up on his own and walk after two years of disability, he added.
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