Bangalore: Doctors at Fortis Hospital, BG Road in Bangalore successfully removed a Muskmelon sized tumour from the brain of a 28 year old recently. The tumour has grown for more than four years and was sized about 7.8*8.1*8.1 cm along the midline occupied almost sixty percent of the brain. The team of doctors led by Dr D V Rajakumar, Director, Neurosurgery, Fortis Hospital, Bangalore conducted a navigation guided right Front Parietal Craniotomy and Tumour excision to remove this huge tumour.
Mohammed Ahmed was admitted to Fortis Hospital with complaint of severe headache he was suffering for four years. The situation further deteriorated as he had episodes of nausea regularly. Further examination and diagnosis, it was deliberated and concluded that conservative medication is not going to relieve him from nauseating headache. A surgery was planned to remove the tumour to eliminate the risk of severe brain damage and coma that the patient was prone to.
Explaining severity of the case, Dr. D V Rajakumar said, “All these years, the patient has undergone excruciating headache. As the situation deteriorated, he was running the risk of severe brain damage. We used 3D microscope to ascertain the exact condition of the brain and the tumour. We deliberated and decided to operate as it was important to remove the humongous tumor to save his life.”
The clinical excellence of the case lie in the complexity of the case. Speaking about the complexity, Dr Rajakumar added, “The brain surgery may be particularly complicated if the boundaries of the tumour cannot easily be identified at surgery, or if the tumour is invading critical structures such as blood vessels or cranial nerves. Once the tumour was removed, we had to ensure that there is no significant bleeding and that the patient is stable.” The success of the procedure lies in making an incision in the scalp and removing a window of bone from skull to remove the tumour. The bone is secured back in position at the end of the operation.
A visibly relieved Mohammed Ahmed said, “I was scared after knowing about the huge tumour in my brain. The unbearable headache was agonizingly painful and affected my quality of life. Many doctors that I visited said that my condition is critical with little chance of treatment. However, doctors at Fortis Hospital not only removed the tumour but also gifted me a much better quality of life. Today, I am happy that I no longer get those lingering headaches. All my family and friends are elated that we chose to come to India for treating my brain tumour. I remain indebted to the doctors and nurses for their excellent care and treatment.”
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