Doctors remove 1.8 kg brain tumour in six-hour surgery

Mumbai Doctors Removed World's largest brain tumour, weighing nearly 2kgs

By the time he was admitted to hospital he was blind and his scalp has swelled to appear as if he had two heads mounted on top of each other.

During the seven-hour surgery, doctors removed the massive tumor along with skull bone which had moved into the brain.

The six-hour-long surgery was performed on Santlal Pal on February 14. According to doctors, the pressure that the enormous mass put on Pal's brain caused him to lose his eyesight.

Pal is now recovering in the intensive care unit and is in stable condition, according to The Hindu.

Professor Trimurti Nadkarni who led the surgery said: "Such large tumours are rare and are a surgical challenge".

"We have checked all the available medical texts. We have not found any tumour as big as this", Dr. Nadkarni said.

The Hindu news site reported that Pal's brain tumor had been growing for several years - most rapidly in the past year.

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Also, 10 percent of the tumor grew within the man's skull. If the tumor had not been removed, future growth likely would have led to lasting neurological damage and paralysis. "The part of the tumor within the skull was removed by making an opening in the skull". "Even the scalp vessels had become tortuous and dilated", said Nadkarni.

If the brain tumor is located in a place that makes it accessible for an operation, your surgeon will work to remove as much of the brain tumor as possible.

The surgery was complicated as Pal was anaemic and needed 11 units of blood during the operation.

Mr. Pal's wife Manju said that they approached three hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, but all doctors said that the tumour was inoperable.

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 previous heaviest tumour to be successfully excised from a patient who survived the procedure was three pounds.

In 2008, doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi had removed a brain tumor, which was 78 cubic inches, or the size of two baseballs, from a woman.

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