Doctors in Mumbai surgically remove largest brain tumour

The tumour had in the brain on both sides of the midline through the skull

The tumour had in the brain on both sides of the midline through the skull

Santlal Pal, a 31-year-old shopkeeper, had been carrying around a tumour weighing almost 2 kg before the surgery on February 14. The massive tumor weighed 1.8 kg.

According to a report by The Hindu, a six-hour surgery was performed on Santlal Pal, 31, by doctors at the Nair Hospital, Mumbai, on February 14.

Santlal Pal, 31, had complained of a progressive swelling of scalp, heaviness, headaches and a loss of vision in both eyes ever since he was one.

Pal is now recuperating in the Intensive Care Unit and in stable condition. He is hopeful that he will eventually regain his sight. "Before the surgery, Pal had minimal vision, which may improve now", hospital's head of neurosurgery Trimurti Nadkarni said.

When he was finally admitted to hospital with the very big growth, his head had swelled so much that it looked like he had another head mounted on top of his.

After cross-checking medical records, surgeons reached a conclusion that they had removed the world's largest brain tumour, surpassing the previous record set by Nadkarni.

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"We have looked up medical literature from all over the world and it is the largest to be excised successfully".

Dr Nadkarni added: "Such large tumours are rare and are a surgical challenge". The tumour protruded from top of Pal's skull. Only about 10 percent of the tumor developed inside the skull. "The tumour in Pal's head grew so much because his surgery was delayed", he said.

He needed a transfusion of 11 units of blood, and also had to spend three days on life support after the surgery, but is now thankfully on the mend.

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.

Surgery to remove a brain tumour carries risks, such as infection and bleeding. The brain tumor, whose weight was estimated at approximately two kilograms, was sent to the pathology lab to establish its malignancy.

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