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Indian surgeons remove 'heaviest' brain tumour

Indian surgeons remove 'heaviest' brain tumour

It appeared as if there are two heads mounted on top of each other.

For the past several years, Santlal Pal had been watching a tumor emerge from his skull.

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

According to a report by The Hindu, a six-hour surgery was performed on Santlal Pal, 31, by doctors at the Nair Hospital, Mumbai, on February 14. The fact which makes this all the more astonishing is that the tumour weighs an unbelieveable 1.87 kilo grams which according to doctors might be the largest extracted tumour globally. "We had to cut through the bone". But now it is gone: Doctors successfully removed the mass during an intensive, six-hour operation on Valentine's Day.

In 2008, doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi had removed a brain tumor, which was 78 cubic inches, or the size of two baseballs, from a woman.

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.

Head on Head This man's tumor was as big as his head

Surgeons at Nair Hospital took it on.

Mr Pal needed a transfusion of 11 units of blood and then spent three days on life support afterwards but has since made a good recovery.

Along with the tumour, even the affected skull bone was also removed during the surgery and they are awaiting the final medical reports to ascertain if it was benign or cancerous, he added. The patient Santlal Pal is a daily wage labourer who earns around just Rs.9000 a month.

"I feel as if I am relieved of a large burden on my head", said a happy Pal, now convalescing after the operation, notching good recovery and placed on a full regular diet.

However, it is unsure whether Mr Pal's vision has been restored. For instance, surgery on a tumor near nerves that connect to your eyes may carry a risk of vision loss.


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