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Massive 'coconut-sized' tumour removed from man's thyroid gland at Delhi hospital

Doctors at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said the biggest challenge was to save the voice of the patient while removing the tumour.

Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: October 28, 2022 8:18 IST
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Image Source : PTI/REPRESENTATIVE 'Coconut-size' tumour removed from man's thyroid gland at Delhi hospital

Highlights

  • The patient was a farmer from Bihar's Begusarai district
  • He started facing difficulties in breathing and swallowing food nearly six months ago
  • The problem aggravated to such an extent that his quality of life was hampered

A coconut-sized tumour was successfully removed from a 72-year-old's thyroid gland at a Delhi hospital, where the doctors said they faced multiple challenges, including saving the patient's voice.

The patient, a farmer from Bihar's Begusarai district underwent a surgery at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital after he started facing difficulties in breathing and swallowing food. 

According to the hospital, the patient was facing health issues for the last six months. 

The problem aggravated to such an extent that his quality of life was hampered, it said, adding that he was brought to the Department of ENT and Head, Neck Onco Surgery at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital last month.

According to Dr Sangeet Agarwal, consultant, Head and Neck Onco Surgery at the hospital, "During the last so many years of practice, I have operated more than 250 such cases of huge thyroid tumours but this was a unique case in terms of weight and size, wherein the normal butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, which normally weighs 10-15 gm and is of 3-4 cm size, became larger than a coconut with a size of 18-20 cm."

He said the biggest challenge was to save the voice of the patient while removing the tumour. 

The bilateral vocal cord nerves were saved successfully, he added.

The trachea (wind pipe) was compressed due to which a special technique for anaesthesia had to be applied, the doctor said.

"In such types of huge tumours, preservation of calcium and maintaining parathyroid glands is also a big challenge. We were able to successfully preserve all four parathyroid glands," he said.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located at the base of the neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism.

The thyroid gland lies in front of the throat, which is also called Adam's apple.

The surgery took about three hours. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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