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60 Year Old Nigerian Gets a New Lease of Life in India - Doctors at Fortis Hospitals Bangalore (Formerly Wockhardt Hospitals) Remove a 4 kg Liver Tumor

Monday, March 29, 2010 Education News J E 4
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BANGALORE, India, March 29, 2010 A team of doctors led byDr Ramcharan Thiagarajan, Consultant Surgical Gastroenterology & HepatoPancreatic Biliary Surgery, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore (formerly WockhardtHsopitals) recently performed a high risk surgery on a 60 year old Nigerianto remove a perilous tumor weighing 4 kilos surrounding his liver.

Mr. Giddy Ejeng was suffering from acute abdomen pain and had symptoms ofanemia for almost about a year. While consulting with doctors in Nigeria hehad got a CT scan done which revealed the giant sized liver tumor. Sensingthe high risk involved, doctors at Nigeria referred the case to FortisHospitals Bangalore who have the expertise to perform such high risksurgeries. "The surgery performed is called "Trisegmentectomy" where majorpart of the liver are resected to remove the cancer, leaving behind a smallportion of the normal liver. This surgery is possible because we all know theliver regenerates quite fast. Had the surgery not been performed in time, thesituation could have turned fatal," explained Dr. Ramcharan Thiagarajan.

This was a case of a massive liver resection where two thirds of hisliver were removed due to a gigantic tumor sitting on his liver. The size ofthe tumor was unusually big and was impinging on the IVC (inferior vena cava)the large vein that carries de-oxygenated blood from the lower half of thebody to the right atrium of the heart. The patient presented with severeabdominal pain and fatigue for four preceding months and loss of appetite.Examination revealed a large mass 20 cm x 15 cm occupying almost the whole ofthe liver.

"After adequate general anesthesia, the abdomen was opened in layers withan inverted T-shaped incision, detailed inspection of the liver and otherabdominal organs was performed. The liver was mobilised to facilitateresection of the mass. A careful dissection of the tumor was performedthereby minimizing collateral tissue damage and blood loss," added Dr.Ramcharan Thiagarajan.

"I believe we should never give up hope even if sometimes everythingseems to come to an end. We believed Giddy will be fine and cured completely.So when our doctor in Nigeria told us to take Giddy to India we knew theysurely had the expertise to handle the case. Maybe this faith and convictionhelped us in going through the difficult times. Since the surgery there hasbeen a tremendous improvement in my husband's health. I would like to thankthe doctors at Fortis Hospitals for their support and warmth extended to us.They have treated my husband with utmost care," said Mrs. Giddy.For more information please contact: Priyam Bortamuli, PR & Communication, Mobile: +91-9845558559 Email- priyam.bortamuli@fortishospitals.in or care.bng@fortishospitals.in

SOURCE Fortis Hospitals Limited
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