Surgeons Remove What's Claimed To Be World's Largest Tumour

Ray Weaver
February 23, 2018

On the 14 of February, a team of neurosurgeons from the Nair Hospital made medical history following a six-hour-long surgery to remove a 1.8 kg brain tumor.

Doctors in India recently operated on what they say could be the largest brain tumor in the world, according to news reports.

Pal is now recovering in the intensive care unit and is in stable condition, according to The Hindu.

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. Doctors said that the pressure from the mass of flesh on Pal's brain caused him to lose his eyesight and further pressure may have caused complete paralysis and neurological damage.

Reaching a size larger than the patient's actual head, the tumor was principally growing in the space between the skull and the scalp - though 10 percent was protruding into his brain.

His wife told the Hindu newspaper that they had been told by doctors at three different hospitals in Uttar Pradesh that the tumour was inoperable. "We have not found any tumor as big as this", Dr. Nadkarni added.

Santlal Pal flanked by a relative and a surgeon after the brain tumor was removed
Santlal Pal flanked by a relative and a surgeon after the brain tumor was removed

Dr. Nadkarni said that the tumor grew out of the skull and the scalp grew over the tumor.

Nadkarni said Pal received 11 units of blood during the operation and that, for three days following the procedure, he had to be on a ventilator to breathe.

During the operation, the doctors "had to cut open the scalp and remove the tumor".

The doctors said that the pressure on the brain led to the patient losing his eyesight. It is also unclear what type of a brain tumour he was suffering from. The tumor was totally excised along with involved skull bone and that which had invaded the brain. Dr. Nadkarni said, " Now it's a matter of recovery but he's [Pal] out of danger".

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. The previous heaviest tumour to be excised from a patient who survived the procedure was 1.4 kg.

Other reports by Insurance News

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