Mysore in southern India has achieved a rare distinction by successfully removing a giant stem tumour from the brain of a 15-year-old boy. The brain stem is a critical part that links the cerebrum and cerebellum.
"It was a rare variety of non-malignant lesion extending into critical areas of the brain," Dr Anil Sangli and Dr Ramesh Ranaganathan, consultants neurosurgeons at the city-based Apollo BGS Hospitals, said on Saturday. According to them, this is the 19th such case reported by the medical fraternity in the world and second in India.
After a hyper-sensitive surgery
, involving considerable risks, the giant brain stem tumour was removed. It has since been confirmed that it was non-malignant lesion, known as epidermoid cyst
in medical parlance. The boy is on path to recovery, they said.
Initially, the boy complained of abnormal weight gain and difficulty in walking. The initial report had suggested a malignant brain tumour. But subsequent tests by radiologists Dr Ashok, Dr Vijayakumar and Dr Naveen suggested a rate variety of non-malignant lesion.
"The patient was operated upon and the tumour successfully removed," Dr Anil and Dr Ramesh, who led a team of doctors, said.
The six-hour-long surgery involved dissection of the tumour, and separating it from the surrounding vital structures, Times of India reports.
Neuro-endoscopic assistance was sought by the experts to ensure that it was removed completely. There are no residual neurological deficits, they added.