Big tumour removed from woman's brain

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Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, Jun 28 (UNI) A tumour of the size of 8x12 cm was removed from the brain of a 45-year-old woman in a rare surgery performed recently by the corporate Apollo Hospitals here under the Rajiv Arogyashree scheme.

Consultant Neurosurgeon M V Kiran Kumar, who performed the surgery, told mediapersons today that the surgery was done on Kadali Manga Lakshmi, who had been suffering from severe headache, coupled with behavioural abnormality and drowsiness for the last two years.

The neurologists at Rajahmundry referred her to the Apollo Hospitals for further treatment. Investigations revealed that she was having a big tumour in her brain called Falcine Meningioma. As she required immediate surgical decompression, the critical operation was performed. She was now recovering, the doctor added.

The doctor also recently performed another surgery for setting right the fracture of Odontoid in the spinal chord. Pothabathula Vijayalakshmi (25) of Yanam sustained injury when she fell down from the scooter at the age of 17, leading to fracture of Odontoid (high cervical vertebral). She was operated upon in Visakhapatnam during 2001 for spinal cord compression, but the pain persisted.

The Yanam Government Hospital referred her to Apollo Hospitals and a remote isolated odontoid fracture with failed construct was found on evaluation. Dr Kiran Kumar said she needed surgical fusion of cranio vertebral junction with screws, rods and wire, which carried high risk with little margin for error.

But this rare operation was performed, implanting the screws and rods with utmost precision, a week ago. She was fast recovering and was able to move her head without any difficulty and walk without assistance, Dr Kumar added.

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