Pune: In a rare case of an abdominal tumour, reported at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), a mass of around six kilogram was taken out surgically. The surgery was challenging as the tumour was touching the small intestine, kidney, duodenum and some large vessels.
Doctors at the government-run hospital said that the procedure was complex, as the tumour was 28 by 28 by 20 centimetre in size and it had to be ensured that none of the vital organs gets damaged. The doctors mentioned that the tumour was completely removed with minimal blood loss. The weight of the tumour was 5 kg 75 gm.
The tumour was removed from a 47-year-old woman named Maltidevi Aakalu Ran, who was admitted to the hospital in the last week of December with complaints of abdominal pain. She hails from Bihar and was suffering from this condition for over a year.
Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of SGH, said, “The CT scan was done and the result showed that there was a mass of that size. The surgery was complex as we had to ensure that none of the vital organs gets damaged. The patient is doing well now. It is the heaviest tumour reported in the global literature.”
He further mentioned that in medical terminology the tumour is called as Extra-Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumour (EGIST), and there are only 58 cases of this tumour reported globally. The doctors at the hospital further informed that there is no such case in the world so far of EGIST tumour, which was this heavy.
Lata Bhoir, Associate Professor at SGH, who was part of the operating team, said, “If she would not have been operated on, she would have gained weight, her pain would have increased and her vital organs would have been at risk. We have completely removed the tumour with minimal blood loss and without sacrificing any of the vital organs.” The surgery was carried out in the first week of January. Post surgery, she is not suffering from any abdominal pain. Also, the bulkiness of the stomach is not there. Recently the patient was discharged.