The patient living in Dindigul in southern India had the tumor grow for 20 years due to cost and fear of surgery.
It was only after a strenuous 10-hour treatment journey that surgeons were able to remove the largest brain tumor in the world. The enormous growth of the 31-year-old Sakthivel grew in his head for 20 years. The mere thought of cancer and surgery prevented him from getting under the knife when his own brother succumbed to death during an operation. For financial reasons, the tumor was allowed to grow and weighed 5 kg. According to the surgeons, this size of the tumor is the largest in the medical history.
The surgeons reported that the tumor was cancerous and as big as his head. According to reports, Sakthivel is now tumor free and is recovering well from the critical operation. Dr. J. Srisaravanan, the neurosurgeon who treated Sakthivel, said, "He came to us in the second week of May with an exciting growth on his head. This growth led to a limited neck movement.
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"He was afraid to undergo surgery as he lost his brother to one. The shortage of funds also resulted in a 20-year delay, "he added.
The operation was carried out at the Rajaji Government Hospital in Madurai. The hospital was about 68 km from the patient's hometown. Despite this huge growth, Sakthivel never came for treatment or consultation in a hospital. He had no money to pay for his medication and surgery. As the size of the tumor increased to such an extent, he had difficulty moving his neck. Since we know that the average human head weighs about 5 kg, his tumor was the same size in the operation itself.
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Written by: Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Staff May 30, 2019