A rare surgery was successfully performed on a 15-year-old
in Chennai, South India to correct a huge
aneurysm in his brain.
The teenager who complained of severe and continuous
head-aches for more than 2 months was brought to Dr. K. P. Thirumaran at Dr. Mehta's Hospital. The patient was found to have a huge aneurysm (swelling of the blood vessel) in the brain that occupied almost 1/3rd of the cerebellum. The aneurysm was compressing the portion of
the brain which controls respiration, heart and all parts of the body below the
The teenager was admitted to the hospital for observation on
August 3, 2011, and a day after, Dr. K. P. Thirumaran successfully performed a 4-hour
long surgery to correct the aneurysm. Dr. K. P. Thirumaran said, "The surgery
proved a great challenge at each instance, the age of the patient, the huge
size of the aneurysm, the possibility of rupture of the aneurysm, and on top of
all that was the question whether the patient could live a normal life after
the surgery. But, it was indeed a great
relief to see that the teenager was able to speak after the surgery."
An intracranial aneurysm is an abnormal outward bulging of an
artery in the brain. Aneurysms are often discovered when they rupture causing
bleeding into the brain. The main goal
of treatment once an aneurysm has ruptured is to stop the bleeding and potential
permanent damage to the brain and prevent recurrence.