Mumbai Doctors Removed World’s largest brain tumour, weighing nearly 2kgs


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 patient, Santlal Pal, 31, hailing from Pali village in Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh, had been admitted with progressive swelling of his scalp, heaviness, constant headaches and loss of vision in both eyes for the past one year. Upon examination, it was detected that he had a firm scalp swelling of a whopping 30x30x20 cms, which shockingly resembled two heads mounted on top of each other.

After Performing various tests, the doctors came to know that the tumour invaded into the brain on both sides of the midline through the skull bone. Explaining the high-risk surgery, Dr Nadkarni said the patient required transfusion of 11 units of blood.

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

“The tumour weighed around 1.873 kgs which is the largest weight of a brain tumour to be excised successfully in the world. The weight of a similar case reported earlier was 1.4 kgs,” he said.Along with the tumour, even the affected skull bone was also removed during the surgery and they are awaiting the final medical reports to ascertain if it was benign or cancerous, he added.

During the surgery, he required 11 units of blood transfusion and post-operation, he was put on ventilation support for three days.

“Such large tumours are rare and a surgical challenge. There was a heavy blood loss and this required great team skill in perioperative monitoring for success,” Mr Nadkarni told IANS after the record feat.

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