An alternative to surgery

Bringing back the lost smile on the faces of the parents make us the happiest and Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre, New Town has one of the best facilities to take care of newly born babies who need intensive care. Baby of Swarnali Ghosh & Sourav Ghosh was diagnosed with the reduced or absent end-diastolic flow (EDF) on antenatal USG.

After the baby’s birth, he was kept under the supervision of Dr. Bikramjit Das (Neonatologist & NICU In-charge at BNWCCC, NT). Reduced or absent EDF essentially means that the baby is receiving less blood within the mother’s womb. In such a setting the baby’s system especially diverts blood to save vital organs but compromises on the intestines which usually manifests after birth as feeding intolerance, Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) a potentially life-threatening situation.

But this baby had an abnormally long period of feed intolerance and so a surgical referral was made to exclude any surgical issues. Dr. Subhankar Chakravorty (Neonatal & Paediatric Surgeon) was in charge of this so that the surgical component of this disease could have been ruled out only by a contrast study (DYE Study). Considering the history of the baby, the benefits of the contrast study didn’t weigh the potential risks. So a detailed discussion and analytics were done and a contrast study was withheld by the surgeon and conservative treatment restarting with slow escalation was planned. This prove to be a correct decision and the baby eventually improved, tolerated feed, gained weight and was discharged with happy parents.

We wish the parents and the baby a very happy & healthy life ahead.