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Santlal Pal, 31, had complained of a progressive swelling of scalp, heaviness, headaches and a loss of vision in both eyes ever since he was one.
A man had the world’s biggest brain tumour removed which had left him looking like he had two heads on top of each other. Santlal Pal’s tumour weighed 1.873kg or 4.12lbs and was taken out in a seven hour operation.
The 31-year-old had complained of a progressive swelling of scalp, heaviness, headaches and a loss of vision in both eyes ever since he was one.
By the time he was admitted to B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai he was blind and his scalp has swelled to 30 x 30 x 20 cms.
Scans revealed the tumour had invaded into the brain on both sides of the midline, through skull bone, and revealed the blood supply of the tumour.
But a team of Indian doctors successfully removed the massive tumour along with skull bone which had invaded the brain.
The cloth seller needed a transfusion of 11 units of blood and then spent three days on life support, but has since made a good recovery.
Professor Dr Trimurti Nadkarni, who led the surgery, said: “Such large tumours are rare and are a surgical challenge.
“There was a heavy blood loss and this required great team skill in preoperative monitoring for a successful result.”
The doctor continued: “The weight of a similar case reported earlier has been 1.4 kgs.
“The patient has made good recovery and is now ambulatory and on full diet. He feels relieved of ‘a large burden on his head.'”
The previous biggest brain tumour to be successfully removed was 1.4kg or 3.08lbs.