City Hospital Successfully Conducts Rare Tumour Surgery

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Speaking about the surgery, Dr. Rajnish Duara said, “Cardiac tumours are an emergency. It needs to be tackled immediately as it is one of the causes of ‘sudden death’ due to obstruction of a valve or throwing tumor material into the brain or other organs causing stroke or gangrene. There should be more awareness amongst clinicians and public regarding cardiac tumours. I salute the resilience and indomitable nature of Rupa Sharma; she is a hero in real life.”

Bureau

Guwahati, 28th of September, 2019

Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Guwahati conducted surgery on a rare and complicated heart tumour. The surgery was done under the supervision of Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr. Rajnish Duara.

The patient Mrs. Rupa Sharma, 54 yrs, hailing from Jorhat, Assam was suffering from breathlessness since last 1 year. She had a mild stroke which was evaluated by doctors in Jorhat. The reason behind the stroke was a large heart tumour (Left Atrial Myxoma) which projected some of the tumour material into the brain occluding some of her brain arteries. Unfortunately, 2 weeks had elapsed by then and she developed septicemia and multi organ dysfunction which led to her liver, kidneys and lungs to fail. In that condition, she was admitted to Narayana Hospital.

Ideally cardiac myxomas need to be operated immediately on diagnosis as it can occlude a heart chamber causing sudden death or propel tumour particles into the brain or other organs. But, it took 17 days for the hardworking team of doctors including the critical care team to stabilize the patient before they could operate her. Steadily, all her organs regained their functionality which made it possible for the team to operate her tumor. After the surgery, she was out of ICU in 7 days time. She visited the hospital every month since her surgery and has been doing very well. The patient is quite grateful and feels as if she got a second life.

Speaking about the surgery, Dr. Rajnish Duara said, “Cardiac tumours are an emergency. It needs to be tackled immediately as it is one of the causes of ‘sudden death’ due to obstruction of a valve or throwing tumor material into the brain or other organs causing stroke or gangrene. There should be more awareness amongst clinicians and public regarding cardiac tumours. I salute the resilience and indomitable nature of Rupa Sharma; she is a hero in real life.”

Earlier the same team performed surgery on a similar patient who survived after 12 years of suffering. That particular case, under Ayushman Bharat PM JAY scheme, was tweeted by the CEO of PM JAY and received widespread accolades from the Central Health Ministry.

“Rupa is a great example of the fighting spirit of humanity. When all was lost, her family and Rupa herself had immense belief and faith in the system that she will make it. This is a very rare survival of a patient who even after septicemia and multi organ failure before surgery, could undergo the operation and still survive.” says Ajit Kumar Bellamkonda, the Facility Director of Narayana.

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