Indian surgeons remove 'heaviest recorded' brain tumour

10:55 | 23/02/2018

MUMBAI: Indian surgeons who removed a massive brain tumour in a marathon seven-hour procedure said Thursday (Feb 22) it could be the heaviest ever recorded.

indian surgeons remove heaviest recorded brain tumour
Santlal Pal before undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour weighing nearly two kilos at Nair hospital in Mumbai. (Photo: AFP)

Santlal Pal, a 31-year-old shopkeeper, had been carrying around a tumour weighing nearly two kilograms before the surgery on Feb 14.

Doctors at Mumbai's BYL Nair hospital where he was treated said the tumour was so large that "it appeared as if he had two heads mounted on top of each other".

"It was an extremely daunting and complex surgery," the hospital's head of neurosurgery Trimurti Nadkarni told AFP.

He said the operation took seven hours to complete and the patient required 11 units of blood.

"After the patient regained consciousness, we researched and concluded this was the world's heaviest tumour to be reported so far," he added.

The tumour weighed 1.87 kilograms, making it the heaviest ever to be successfully removed from a surviving patient, according to a hospital statement.

indian surgeons remove heaviest recorded brain tumour
Santlal Pal after surgeons removed a 1.87-kilogram brain tumour at Nair hospital in Mumbai. (Photo: AFP/Handout)

"It was a rare operation and the patient has survived. Before the surgery, he had minimal vision, which may improve now," Nadkarni said.

The hospital said the patient had made a good recovery and was now walking and eating normally.

The previous heaviest tumour to be successfully excised from a patient who survived the procedure was 1.4 kilograms, it said.

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