Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

World's largest brain tumour removed

World's largest brain tumour removed

"We checked on records that say the previous record was of removing a 1.4-kg brain tumour, also in Mumbai", he added.

The doctor explained that given the tumor's growth pattern, all they had to do in order to remove it was to cut the scalp area around it and to use the brain tumor's protruding point to cut its stem that compressed the brain. Only about 10 percent of the tumor developed inside the skull.

Pal is now recuperating in the Intensive Care Unit and in stable condition.

The tumor had been growing on Pal for the past three years but it grew rapidly over the past year.

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 the tumour had cost Mr. Pal his vision, but hoped he would gradually regain his eyesight. He feels relieved of "a large burden on his head"'. "Such large tumours are rare and a surgical challenge", Nadkarni said. "Even the scalp vessels had become tortuous and dilated", said Nadkarni. "The part of the tumor within the skull was removed by making an opening in the skull".

Dr. Nadkarni said Mr. Pal required 11 units of blood during surgery and three days of ventilator support later.

Prior to treatment at Nair Hospital, Mr Pal and his wife Manju sought treatment at three Uttar Pradesh hospitals, but doctors at all locations told the family that the tumor was inoperable.

The doctors said that the pressure on the brain led to the patient losing his eyesight.

"Now it's a matter of recovery but he's out of danger", Dr Trimurti Nadkarni, chief of neurosurgery, told the BBC. He had also gone blind as a result of the tumour.

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.

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. Experts claim that the biggest brain tumour to be successfully removed before this weighed 3.1lbs (1.4kg).

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