A team of surgeons at Stanley Government Hospital, Tamil Nadu, South India, removed a 3kg tumor from a 48-year-old's chest.
Dennis from Pottapuzhi in Kanyakumari district was suffering from breathlessness and fatigue for several months. It progressively worsened over the last six months. Tests done in Kanyakumari found that he had a large, solid tumor in his right chest. He was then admitted to the cardiothoracic surgery department at Stanley hospital.
Advertisement"Tests revealed that the tumor was occupying almost the whole of the right side of his chest and compressing the right lung leading to difficulties in breathing," said Dr K Dhamodaran, who was part of the surgical team. "The patient was operated on July 13, 2015 and all precautions were taken to deal with a difficult intubation and management of large volume blood loss," said the doctor.
In a surgery that lasted for more than two hours, doctors removed the tumor completely thus preserving the patient's right lung.
Doctors said Dennis had a smooth and uneventful recovery in the post-operative period and would be discharged soon. Dean of Stanley Medical College Hospital Dr Isaac Christian Moses said, "Removal of such giant-sized tumors can be a challenging task as it involves a lot of complications. Moreover, it can be a very expensive affair for a patient if it is done at a private hospital. It would cost several lakhs of rupees."