World's largest brain tumour removed

Medics claim the biggest brain tumour that was successfully removed before this weighed just 3.1lbs

Mumbai Nair hospital doctors Performed a rare surgery and removed a tumour weighing 1.873 kg from the brain of a 31-year-old man after a seven-hour-long operation.

The reportsaid that Pal, who is a shopkeeper from Uttar Pradesh, a norther Indian state, had the tumor for the past three years but it started to grow at a very fast pace last year. Here, doctors witnessed that Pal had progressive swelling of scalp, heaviness, headaches and diminution of vision in both eyes since one year. "The part of the tumor within the skull was removed by making an opening in the skull".

"On examination, we found he had a firm scalp swelling measuring 30 x 30 x 20 cms". The scalp vessels were tortuous and dilated.

Dr. Nadkarni said that he had removed a tumor that weighed 1.4 kg (3.08 pounds) from a patient at the KEM Hospital, Pune, in 2002.

"The patient underwent CT and MR scans of the brain. After the investigation, we chose to perform the surgery [on February 14], which was extremely high-risk", said Dr Trimurti D Nadkarni, professor and head of neurosurgery, adding that such large tumours are rare and a surgical challenge.

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On February 14, Pal was wheeled into the operation theatre by Nadkarni and his team which performed a marathon seven-hour-long operation and successfully excised the brain tumour from Pal. The tumor was noted to have invaded into the brain on both sides of the midline through skull bone.

"We explained the patient and his relatives the risk involved before performing the surgery. The patient needed 11 units of blood and was kept on ventilator three days after the surgery", said Nadakarni. The biopsy report on the tumour is awaited.

"Such tumours are rare and pose quite a challenge due to blood loss".

'There was a heavy blood loss and this required great team skill in perioperative monitoring for a successful result. "He feels relieved of "a large burden on his head", Dr. Trimurti D Nadkarni said.


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