10 kg tu­mour re­moved from a man’s ab­domen

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Anonna Dutt anonna.dutt@htlive.com

The tu­mour was oc­cu­py­ing more than 80% of the per­son’s ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity and had com­pressed most of his in­ter­nal or­gans and blood ves­sels

DR USHAST DHIR, sur­geon, Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal

NEW DELHI: A tu­mour weigh­ing more than 10 kg was re­moved from a man’s ab­domen by doc­tors of Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal in the city 20 days ago. The pa­tient walked out of the hos­pi­tal in just a week.

“We don’t re­ally know the ac­tual weight of the tu­mour. The weigh­ing ma­chine in the OT only mea­sures up to 10 kilo­gram. The tu­mour was oc­cu­py­ing more than 80 per­cent of the per­son’s ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity and had com­pressed most of his in­ter­nal or­gans and blood ves­sels,” said Dr Ushast Dhir, the lead sur­geon and a con­sul­tant in the depart­ment of sur­gi­cal gas­troen­terol­ogy at Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal.

The pa­tient, who did not wish to be named, had been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some dis­com­fort and ab­dom­i­nal pain for six months. He dis­missed it as reg­u­lar gas­tric pain.

It was only af­ter he re­alised that he could not lie on his back, had breath­ing dif­fi­culty and had lost 10 kgs in three months that he thought of con­sult­ing the doc­tor.

The doc­tor metic­u­lously planned the surgery be­cause re­mov­ing the tu­mour was a chal­lenge.

“Apart from the or­gans, the tu­mour was also press­ing the aorta and the in­fe­rior vena cava (blood ves­sels that take blood to and from the heart). We could not af­ford to nick them as the blood loss would be mas­sive and within a minute the per­son could die. The tu­mour was also can­cer­ous, which meant that we had to re­move the en­tire thing in one go while en­sur­ing that there is min­i­mal blood loss,” said Dr Dhir.

The team man­aged to com­plete the surgery with just one unit of blood.

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