Indian surgeons remove world's 'largest brain tumour'

Lynette PayneFeb 23, 2018

Doctors in India have successfully removed what is believed to be the world's largest brain tumor, weighing 1.8 kg (3.96 pounds), from a man.

According to a reportby the BBC, the news of the surgery was not made public immediately because the doctors were unsure of its success. Doctors said that the pressure from the mass of flesh on Pal's brain caused him to lose his eyesight and further pressure may have caused complete paralysis and neurological damage.

Doctors in India say Pal's brain tumor grew so big that it weighed almost four pounds and measured almost 8-by-12-by-12 inches, according to local news reports.

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. "Before the surgery, he had minimal vision, which may improve now", Nadkarni said. He feels relieved of "a large burden on his head"'.

Mr Pal needed a transfusion of 11 units of blood and then spent three days on life support afterwards but he has since made a good recovery. Dr. Nadkarni said, " Now it's a matter of recovery but he's [Pal] out of danger". "Such cases are critical", the surgeon told the BBC. Doctors said he should gradually regain his sight and health.

But in a seven-hour operation, surgeons successfully removed a massive tumour along with skull bone which had invaded into the brain. "We are praying that he regains his vision", Pal's wife told the Hindu. He had also gone blind as a result of the tumour.

Even removing a portion of the brain tumor may help reduce your signs and symptoms.

Doctors at Mumbai's BYL Nair Hospital waited to know that the patient had recovered to announce the surgery.

Srikant Balasubramaniam, with the neurosurgery department at Nair Hospital, told the Indian Express that the medical center treats about 500 brain tumors per year, half of which are in advanced stages. 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.

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