Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Doctors successfully remove 'world's largest brain tumor'

World-largest-brain-tumour Doctors successfully remove 'world's largest brain tumor'
Samantha Long | 23 February, 2018, 02:52

Indian surgeons who removed a massive brain tumor in a lengthy almost seven-hour procedure said Thursday they believe it could be the heaviest ever recorded.

The tumor weighed 1.873 kgs which is the largest weight of a brain tumor to be excised successfully in the world. Fortunately, only 10% of the tumour grew within the skull. Pal, post-surgery, is recovering in the intensive care unit at the hospital and is in stable condition.

Trimurti Nadkarni, head of the neurosurgery department at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, told the Indian Express that the tumor "sat like a head on top of another head".

According to Nadkarni, the 31-year-old shopkeeper has been wrestling with the massive brain tumor for the past three years.

According to a reportby the BBC, the news of the surgery was not made public immediately because the doctors were unsure of its success.

It is believed Mr Pal endured the agonising symptoms of a brain tumour since he was just one. He feels relieved of "a large burden on his head"'. If the tumor had not been removed, future growth likely would have led to lasting neurological damage and paralysis.

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His wife told the Hindu newspaper that they had been told by doctors at three different hospitals in Uttar Pradesh that the tumour was inoperable. Though he is still blind, the team hopes that Mr Pal will regain vision as swelling in his brain, caused by the body responding to the trauma of surgery, continues to go down over time. The tumor had protruded from the skull and Pal's scalp grew over it. Nadkarni said that they had to cut open the scalp to remove the tumor.

Nadkarni said Pal received 11 units of blood during the operation and that, for three days following the procedure, he had to be on a ventilator to breathe.

There are numerous types of brain tumors, and surgical removal has its own risks. They also had to make an opening in the skull to remove the tumor within.

For now, the medical professionals are uncertain what kind of tumor it was; samples have been sent away for testing to determine if the growth was malignant (cancerous) or benign.

The surgeons say it far outweighed the previous biggest brain tumour at 1.4kg (3.1lbs).

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