Colossal constipation

A man in China has undergone surgery to remove almost a metre of colon with 13kg of impacted faeces after a lifetime of chronic constipation.

The 22-year-old presented to Shanghai’s Tenth People’s Hospital with a grossly distended abdomen that was affecting his ability to talk and even breathe, according to Chinese publication the Paper.

The patient reportedly told doctors that he had been constipated since birth, with laxatives providing very little relief.

A CT scan confirmed a diagnosis of Hirschsprung's disease: a congenital disorder characterised by the absence of