A team of neurosurgeons at a private hospital in Chennai has successfully removed two tumours from a patient’s brain, despite the high risks associated with the procedure. The tumours were located on both the left and right sides of the brain, specifically in the parieto-occipital area, which is responsible for vision. The patient, a 38-year-old engineer, experienced symptoms such as recurrent headaches and a reduction in vision, leading him to seek medical attention.
The doctors explained that operating on tumours in the parieto-occipital area is particularly risky, as any complications during the surgery could potentially result in the patient becoming blind. However, after careful consideration, the patient decided to proceed with the surgeries. The doctors chose to operate on the side that had the slightly larger tumour first, which carried the possibility of a loss of sight. After the initial surgery, there was a slight dip in the patient’s vision. The second surgery was then conducted, and the patient is now recovering at home and able to resume his work.
The team of doctors, led by senior consultant neurosurgeon Nigel P. Symss, explained that the successful surgeries demonstrated the effectiveness of advanced equipment and intraoperative neuromonitoring in safely removing brain tumours. They emphasized the importance of timely treatment, as delaying the removal of tumours in this area could lead to worsening vision and other serious complications.
The CEO of Gleneagles Global Health City, Alok Khullar, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the surgery, considering the challenging location of the tumours. Dinesh Nayak, the director of the neurology department, highlighted that brain tumours are relatively rare in India, with an incidence rate ranging from 5 to 10 per 100,000 people. The most common symptom is severe and prolonged headaches, often accompanied by vomiting. To confirm the presence of a brain tumour, patients must undergo an MRI or CT scan. Surgery, specifically craniotomy and tumour excision, is a common treatment approach.
It is important to note that access to the full article is restricted to subscribers. However, based on the available information, this case highlights the successful removal of two brain tumours in a high-risk area, emphasizing the importance of timely treatment and advanced surgical techniques. The positive outcome of the surgeries offers hope to patients facing similar challenges and showcases the expertise of the medical team involved.