On the 14th 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. The outgrowth appeared three years ago, but the man experienced a rapid evolution during the last year.
Brain Tumor Was Larger than the Patient’s Head, Doctors Declared
Dr. Trimurti Nadkarni, one of the five neurosurgeons who handled 31-year-old Santlal Pal’s case, declared that after the operation, which took place on the 14th of February, he and his colleagues consulted all available medical literature on brain tumors and could not discover an outgrowth that comes even close to the one removed from Pal’s brain.
According to Nadkarni, the 31-year-old shopkeeper has been wrestling with the massive brain tumor for the past three years. However, the tumor started growing out like mad over the past year.
Stemming from within the brain, the tumor protruded the skull and continued growth on the man’s scalp. Nadkarni said that Pal was fortunate that only 10 percent of the tumor’s body was inside the brain, lest the surgery would have been aborted from the start.
Pal’s surgery took a little over six hours to complete and required the skilled hands of five surgeons, Nadkarni included.
The doctor explained that given the tumor’s growth pattern, all they had to do in order to remove it was to cut the scalp area around it and to use the brain tumor’s protruding point to cut its stem that compressed the brain.
Unfortunately, Pal’s brain tumor left the man blind, but the doctors expect him to regain eyesight after the surgery. At the moment, Mr. Pal is recuperating in the hospital’s ICU. The brain tumor, whose weight was estimated at approximately two kilograms, was sent to the pathology lab to establish its malignancy.
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