Brain Tumor

Doctors in Mumbai successfully removed a 1.873 kg. (4.1 pound) tumor from Santlal Pal. (YouTube screengrab)

Doctors in Mumbai have successfully removed a brain tumor, which they say is the largest brain tumor to ever be removed anywhere in the world.

The team of doctors led by Dr. Trimurti Nadkarni performed a seven-hour surgery on cloth vendor Santlal Pal, removing a brain tumor that weighed 1.873 kg.

Nadkarni, head of neurosurgery at central Mumbai’s Nair Hospital, said the 31-year-old Pal underwent several tests, which eventually revealed a tumor that had invaded his brain on both sides of the midline and through the skull bone, according to a Press Trust of India report.

Pal was admitted to the department of neurosurgery with progressive swelling of his scalp, heaviness, headaches and decreased vision in both eyes, which began last year, the civic body explained in a news release.

Pal was found with a firm scalp swelling measuring 30 x 30 x 20 cm, it added.

Nadkarni said the patient required a transfusion of 11 units of blood.

“He was on a ventilatory support for three days. His tumor was totally excised along with involved skull bone and that which had invaded into the brain,” he said, according to the PTI report.

“The tumor weighed 1.873 kg, which is the largest weight of a brain tumor to be excised successfully in the world. The weight of a similar case reported earlier was 1.4 kg,” he said in the report.

Nadkarni added in the report that tumors that large are rare and are a surgical challenge.

“There is a heavy blood loss and this requires great team skill in peri-operative monitoring for a successful result,” he noted. “The patient has made good recovery and is now ambulatory and on full diet. He feels relieved of a large burden on his head.”

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