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Success! Chhlonh from Cambodia raised $809 to relieve his ear pain.

Chhlonh
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Chhlonh's treatment was fully funded on August 10, 2016.

Photo of Chhlonh post-operation

September 16, 2016

Chhlonh received successful surgery to treat his ear condition.

Chhlonh’s right ear mastoidectomy surgery went well, and his infection is gone. He will have hit sutures removed in 10 days.

“I am really happy after my surgery because my ear disease is healed,” Chhlonh shared. “Now I am healthy and can return to working on the farm.”

Chhlonh's right ear mastoidectomy surgery went well, and his infection is gone. He will have hit sutures removed in 10 days. "I am reall...

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July 4, 2016

31-year-old Chhlonh is a farmer who lives with his wife and daughter in Cambodia. When he is not tending to his farm, he enjoys caring for his daughter, listening to the radio, and playing football with his friends.

Chhlonh began having ear discharge and hearing loss from his ears when he was 13 years old. Now, he still experiences recurrent discharge, hearing loss, pain, and ringing in his ears (tinnitus).

Chhlonh traveled two hours with his brother-in-law to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), where doctors discovered a cholesteatoma in both ears. A cholesteatoma is an abnormal skin growth located behind the eardrum. It initially develops as a cyst after chronic ear infections or perforation of the eardrum. Over time, the cyst sheds layers of old skin that collect within the ear. Without treatment, a cholesteatoma can grow large enough to cause hearing loss, dizziness, or facial paralysis.

Our ear, nose, and throat surgeons will perform a mastoidectomy on Chhlonh’s right ear to remove the cholesteatoma. $809 pays for Chhlonh’s surgery as well as two hearing tests, one night in the hospital, one day of inpatient post-operative care, and three outpatient follow-up visits in the month following surgery.

After the cholesteatoma is removed, Chhlonh’s ear pain and discharge will stop.

31-year-old Chhlonh is a farmer who lives with his wife and daughter in Cambodia. When he is not tending to his farm, he enjoys caring for h...

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Chhlonh's Timeline

  • July 4, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chhlonh was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 4, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chhlonh received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • August 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chhlonh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chhlonh's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chhlonh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Mastoidectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A mastoidectomy is a surgical procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. A patient who needs a mastoidectomy will experience hearing loss, chronic ear infections, and possibly cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause hearing loss and ear discharge. The cholesteatoma will erode bones in the middle ear and can eventually expose the brain and cause death in complicated, untreated cases.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients live with hearing loss and chronic ear infections.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Treated incorrectly or left untreated, an infected mastoid bone can cause hearing loss, persistent ear discharge, meningitis, temporary dizziness, and temporary loss of taste. Due to poor hygiene and limited education in rural Cambodia, patients are likely to experience complications and receive the incorrect treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastoidectomy is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthesia. Surgeons will perform one of several different types of mastoidectomy, depending on the amount of infection present. These include: • Simple (or closed) mastoidectomy: The operation is performed through the ear or through an incision behind the ear. The surgeon opens the mastoid bone and removes the infected air cells. The eardrum is incised to drain the middle ear. Topical antibiotics are placed in the ear. • Radical mastoidectomy: This procedure removes the most bone and is usually performed for extensive spread of a cholesteatoma. The eardrum and middle ear structures may be completely removed. Usually the stapes, the "stirrup"-shaped bone, is spared to preserve some hearing. • Modified radical mastoidectomy: In this procedure, some middle ear bones are left in place, and the eardrum is rebuilt by tympanoplasty. After surgery, the wound is stitched up around a drainage tube, and a dressing is applied.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment will relieve chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and other symptoms caused by the infected mastoid bone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This treatment is highly effective, but it poses risks if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. The operation is near the facial nerve and the brain, so surgeons must be careful when operating. At Children's Surgical Centre, ENT surgeons only operate on cases about which they feel confident.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care for this condition is not easily accessible in Phnom Penh. Only one other hospital performs ENT surgery, but care at that hospital is expensive. The ENT surgeons at our medical partner have a proven record of successful cases.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once the infection stops responding to antibiotics, surgery is the only option.

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