Ready to help Pakistan in hepatic cystic echinococcosis: Chinese expert–China Economic Net

By Yuan Xiaona

Peng Xinyu(R), a senior expert from First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China and his student from Pakistan. [Photo provided to China Economic Net]

BEIJING, July 5 (China Economic Net) C We are willing to assist Pakistan in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatic cystic echinococcosis (HCE), said Peng Xinyu, a leading expert from First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China.

HCE is a highly endemic and neglected global disease. Its clinical treatment is very complex. Although surgery plays a vital role in its treatment, the high recurrence and complications of the residual cavity bother doctors and patients alike.

Nearly four decades of dedication to HCE enables Peng and his teammates to meet this challenge with a disruptive method.

They succeeded in developing a radical procedure, called total closed subadventital cystectomy.

It consists of resection of the cyst along a cleavage plane between the inner layer of the parasite-facing host reaction and the outer, or adventitia, layer described by Peng et al.

Total closed subadventital cystectomy may limit damage to the liver parenchyma during dissection around the cyst and allow safer removal of the cyst.

Thus, our operation can not only minimize surgical damage to the liver, but also significantly reduce recurrences and postoperative complications, Peng said.

It is a medical benefit in the world.

The Pengs operation has been adopted by the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE) as a guide for diagnosis and treatment.

As a parasitic disease, CHE also seriously affects human health in Pakistan. Low public awareness of hygiene practices increases the risk of disease transmission.

China and Pakistan, as all-weather strategic cooperative partners and iron brothers, have much to cooperate in the HCE, including academic communications and visiting scholar exchanges, Peng said.

Peng preaches on his own by empowering Pakistanis.

Peng, also a professor at Shihezi University, went to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences for academic exchange.

Peng has been promoting this Sub-Adventional Total Cystectomy to the Medical Board of Pakistan to improve their level of diagnosis and treatment of HCE.

Peng was invited to give a live academic lecture at ATV Pakistan, aiming to showcase his experience on HEC and benefit Pakistani sisters and brothers.

The Pakistani doctor said Pengs’ operation was quite good.

Peng and his team also created an HEC database and research platform to improve HEC communication and cooperation around the world.

“Shihezi University’s hydatid diagnosis and treatment team has world-class advanced treatment technology and demonstrates how to overcome the global difficult problems of hydatid surgery,” said Xu Yixuan, honorary vice president of the China Charity Federation and initiator of echinococcosis relief action.

Human HCE is an endemic and neglected global disease, which occurs mainly in pastoral communities, especially in the regions of China and Pakistan, China and Pakistan, South America, Near and Middle East and East Africa.

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