Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Mumbai surgeons remove heaviest brain tumour

Mumbai surgeons remove heaviest brain tumour

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 medical team checked medical texts, looking for other tumors of that size, and after finding none, concluded that they had removed the largest brain growth in the world to date.

Pal is now recovering in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and is in stable condition.

Nadkarni said there is a 50 per cent chance of Pal regaining his vision, and after further tests to be performed six weeks later, it will also become clear if the tumour was cancerous and would need additional procedures or not.

According to Nadkarni, the 31-year-old shopkeeper has been wrestling with the massive brain tumor for the past three years. The news of the procedure was not made public until today because the doctors wanted to wait and see if any complications occurred.

Unfortunately, Pal's brain tumor left the man blind, but the doctors expect him to regain eyesight after the surgery. "He feels relieved of 'a large burden on his head". The same pressure might have also caused complete paralysis and neurological damage. "Such large tumours are rare and a surgical challenge", Nadkarni said. "The part of the tumor within the skull was removed by making an opening in the skull". Surgeons "had to cut through the bone", Nadkarni said. Pal's wife said that they approached three hospitals for help, but the doctors had all told them the tumor was inoperable. Dr. Nadkarni said, " Now it's a matter of recovery but he's [Pal] out of danger".

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

It's unclear from news reports what type of brain tumor Pal had.

Santlal Pal before undergoing surgery to remove the brain tumor.

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.

Medics claim the biggest brain tumour that was successfully removed before this weighed just 3.1lbs (1.4kg).

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