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BLK Hospital Becomes World’s First to Remove Ruptured Hydatid Cyst using Cryoprobe


In a first-ever recorded medical procedure of its kind, doctors at BLK Hospital performed a life saving surgery on a patient from Srinagar.

It was a moment of great pride as the team of doctors led by Dr. Sandeep Nayar HOD, Chest & Respiratory Diseases, at BLK Hospital, removed a ruptured Hydatid cyst from the right lung of Ruhi-Un-Nisa, a 45-year-old woman from Srinagar, without conducting an open chest surgery. The cyst, formed by the larvae of tapeworms, was excised piecemeal by freezing it using a cryoprobe.

Hydatid cysts are caused by larvae of a long tapeworm and are known to trigger an extreme life-threatening allergic reaction in some patients. The ruptured cyst was frozen using Cryoprobe and taken out through the patient’s mouth under local anesthesia.  Post the procedure, the patient showed instant relief from symptoms such as breathlessness and was able to sleep, for the first time in 2 months, for 14 hours at a stretch.

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