Doctors from Thanh Vu Medic Hospital in Vietnam’s Bac Lieu Province announced on Wednesday that they had successfully treated a woman with a ruptured liver and intra-abdominal hemorrhage caused by the use of a slimming belt.
L.T.H.L., 39, from Bac Lieu’s neighboring Soc Trang Province, was addmitted to the hospital on Monday with severe abdominal pain and vomiting.
The patient had no history of serious disease and had, up until that point, been in good health.
According to her family, L. had often used a slimming belt to manage her weight in recent years.
About five days before L.’s hospitalization, the patient suffered from abdominal pain and began vomittng while the belt was fastened tightly around her abdomen.
On Monday morning, her family took her to the hospital when the abdominal pain began to worsen.
After an examination, ultrasound, and abdominal CT-scan, doctors diagnosed L. with a liver rupture and intra-abdominal hemorrhage.
The patient was then treated and her blood pressure and condition was closely monitored.
On Tuesday afternoon, doctors used the digital subtraction angiography (DSA) to fix the liver rupture.
The patient regained consciousness and both her blood pressure and pulse began to stabalize.
She is expected to be discharged in the next few days.
Dr. Thach Dien, one of the doctors who handled L.’s case, warned people against using slimming belts in a wrong way to avoid unexpected health problems.
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