A team of medical experts at the Preventive Medicine Hospital in Tripoli has successfully treated a five-and-a-half-year-old girl who suffers from a rare congenital defect in the bile duct.

The hospital, which posted the news on its Facebook account on Saturday explained that such conditions can turn into cancer if left untreated, and can cause wheezing recurrent infections, or develop (Choledocal Cyst type 1 excision with Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy).

The girl underwent a three-hour surgery to remove the cyst and gallbladder and connect the small intestine to the bile duct under the liver.

The procedure allowed the bile juice to be successfully drained, eliminating the recurring abdominal pain caused by the cystic dilatation in the bile duct wall.

The hospital said the patient received full follow-up by her doctors and was discharged from the hospital after undergoing all required tests and examinations, confirming her ability to lead a normal life.

The operation was performed by a team of specialized medical experts, led by consultant Dr Muhammad Al-Maghrabi, with the participation of specialist Dr Reda Zubaida, specialist Dr Ashraf Ishteiwi, Dr Nouri Al-Maddah, and Dr Khadija Haqiq, besides anesthesiologists Dr Mahmoud Qasim and surgical nurses and technicians.

It may be worth noting that the Preventive Medicine Hospital, which operates from inside the Isolation Center at the Mitiga Base in Tripoli, was formed upon a decision by the Presidential Council during the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020.