Mumbai doctors remove 5.5kg kidney Tumour; set world record

MUMBAI: Doctors from the civic-run Sion Hospital have set a new world record by removing the heaviest kidney tumour documented in medical literature weighing 5.5kg. Their fear has recently entered the Guinness World Records.

The team of doctors led by Dr. Ajit Sawant, head of urology, successfully operated on a 28-year-old woman from Bihar’s Darbhanga district. Manju Devi, who presented to the doctors with an abdominal lump, had been living with pain for the past 3 years.

A CT scan revealed the enormous tumour that had completely replaced the right kidney. The woman’s quality of life was compromised as she struggled to carry on with her daily activities.

“She had persistent pain on the right side and was passing urine in the blood. The tumor (31x 19 cm) was compressing the liver and pushed the vessels, intestines and the pancreas to the left half of the abdomen. She was referred to multiple hospitals over the last three years but the surgery was deferred because of the size of the tumour,” a release from Sion Hospital said.

The tumour was removed on November 2016 in an 8-hour long surgery performed by Dr Sawant, Dr Prakash Pawar and uroanesthetists Dr Geeta Patkar and Dr Aparna Nerulkar. The Guinness confirmation came only recently as they take around 6 months to validate claims.

“The enormity of the surgery can be understood by comparing the weight of the kidney tumor 5.5 kg with that of a normal kidney which is 110 to 140 grams,” said Sawant. The patient was kept on ventilator for a day. She recovered completely in a week’s time. Doctors said that Devi has returned to her normal life.

Credit: Sumitra Debroy | TOI


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