Bangladesh Kid Gets Giant Tumour Removed


A 12-year old boy from Bangladesh who was diagnosed with a giant nerve sheath tumour was successfully treated at Gleneagles Global Health City. The tumour measuring 15x15x20 was removed in a 12-hour marathon single-stage surgery by a leading team of doctors at the hospital.

The boy had visited the neurosurgery department as he had complained of pain and swelling on the left side of the neck, above the collar bone. This had created complications in the spine affecting the bones in the lower neck and blood vessels in the left side of the neck was displaced. The boy condition was critical as reports confirmed of a giant nerve sheath tumour.


Dr Nigel Symss, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Gleneagles Global Health City said that the single-stage surgery causes less amount of blood loss, less chances of infection and helps in avoiding a second surgery. He added the giant dumbbell spinal schwannomas are uncommon lesions and their surgical treatment is demanding and challenging, which required an expert team approach for achieving good functional recovery.


Dr. Nigel Symss (Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon) with Dr. PhaniKiran (Senior Consultant Spine Surgeon), Dr. Jagannath PM and Dr. Arul K (Neurosurgeon), Dr. Rajkumar (Senior Consultant Vascular Surgeon) and Dr. Ramana (Neuro-Anaesthetist & Neuro-critical care) opted for a single-stage surgery after examination and investigations of the boy. Following removal of the tumour, the cervical spine was stabilized with titanium cage with plate and screws. He is recovering well with no new neurological deficits and is undergoing physiotherapy.


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