Doctors at Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad sets a record for surgically removing the heaviest kidney tumour weighing 3.1 kg in a child.
A team of doctors at Apollo CBCC Cancer Care, Ahmedabad, led by Senior Surgical Oncologist Dr Nitin Singhal, has set the record for surgically removing the heaviest kidney tumor in a child and has been awarded by the India Book of Records. Notably, the team successfully removed a large Wilms’ tumor weighing 3.1 kg from the left kidney of a 3-year-old child, providing a new lease of life to her.
Commenting on the development, Dr Nitin Singhal said, “It was a very challenging surgery for us, but thankfully, we could successfully execute it. After one-and-a-half-years , the child is living a normal life like any other kid.”
The child was brought to the hospital when her parents noticed a huge increase in the size of her belly over a period of 2-3 weeks. On consulting Senior Pediatrician Dr. Pushkar Srivastava, they were referred to consultant Pediatric Oncologist, Dr Hemant Meghani.
Dr Meghani investigated the child and found a rare condition in which a huge mass was arising from the horseshoe kidney (a condition in which both the kidneys are fused). The mass was occupying almost the whole abdominal cavity and pushing the diaphragm, causing the child to have severe breathing difficulties.
The case was then discussed with the Multidisciplinary Tumor Board. In normal circumstances, such huge masses are generally diagnosed by a biopsy and treated by chemotherapy . But since there were several risks with this approach, emergency surgery was decided in this case as an exception.
The challenging surgery was performed by Dr Nitin Singhal and his team which included Anesthetist Dr Ankit Chauhan and Pediatric Surgeon Dr Kirti Prajapati. It was a herculean task that took almost four hours but the team saved a life.
Dr Singhal said, “This case highlights the lack of awareness in our society in relation to pediatric tumors which have a good prognosis if treated properly and on time. In fact, it is vital to know that such tumors in this age group have much better survival chances than adult tumours.”
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