Brain Tumour Removed Through 16-Month-Old Girl's Nose At Post Graduate Institute Of Medical Education And Research In Chandigarh

Brain Tumour Removed Through 16-Month-Old Girl's Nose At Post Graduate Institute Of Medical Education And Research In Chandigarh

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The child was kept in the ICU and recovered very well. (Representational)

The PGIMER has successfully removed a large brain tumour through the nose of a 16-month-old girl, who is said to be the youngest patient in the world to have such an endoscopic surgery.

The girl from Uttarakhand was referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, with complaints of loss of vision, according to a statement on Thursday.

The child was normal and playful following visual stimuli a few months back. But later, the mother noticed that the girl was not following anything shown to her.

An MRI scan revealed a calcified brain tumour at the base of the skull -- suggestive of craniopharyngioma of size 3 cm, large for a child of 1 year -- and close to critical neural structures like optic nerves and hypothalamus, the PGIMER said.

Doctors of the neurosurgery department -- Dr Dhandapani SS and Dr Sushant -- and Dr Rijuneeta of the ENT department operated upon the toddler. The large brain tumour was removed through the nose during the a six-hour-long surgery earlier this month, it said.

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