Doctors In India Remove Largest Brain Tumor Ever

Surgeons remove ‘world’s largest brain tumour’ that left man blind

During the seven-hour surgery, doctors removed the massive tumor along with skull bone which had moved into the brain.

The doctors also checked medical texts and after finding no tumor bigger than Pal's concluded that they had removed the largest brain tumor in the world.

For the past several years, Santlal Pal had been watching a tumor emerge from his skull. Pal, post-surgery, is recovering in the intensive care unit at the hospital and is in stable condition.

Trimurti Nadkarni, the neurosurgeon who led the five-member medical team that excised the tumor, said that Pal's tumor was so large that it looked like he had two heads.

Pal, a shopkeeper, had been living with the tumour for three years.


According to a reportby the BBC, the news of the surgery was not made public immediately because the doctors were unsure of its success. He feels relieved of "a large burden on his head"'. Surgeons "had to cut through the bone", Nadkarni said. Further pressure could have led to complete paralysis and neurological damage. "We have not found any tumor as big as this". "The part of the tumor within the skull was removed by making an opening in the skull".

He had been to three hospitals in Uttar Pradesh before the procedure in Mumbai but the doctors in those places had termed the tumor untreatable.

Mr Pal needed a transfusion of 11 units of blood and then spent three days on life support afterwards but he has since made a good recovery. Though he is still blind, the team hopes that Mr Pal will regain vision as swelling in his brain, caused by the body responding to the trauma of surgery, continues to go down over time. "We are praying that he regains his vision", Pal's wife told the Hindu.

It's unclear from news reports what type of brain tumor Pal had. Dr. Nadkarni said, " Now it's a matter of recovery but he's [Pal] out of danger". In these situations your doctor removes as much of the tumor as is safe. The 1.87-kilo (four-pound) brain tumour had affected his vision and caused constant headaches."It was a rare operation and the patient has survived".

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