AIIMS Bhubaneswar Successfully Removes 7-Kg Scalp Tumour in Rare Surgery

Bhubaneswar: AIIMS Bhubaneswar has accomplished a rare feat by successfully removing a 7-kg tumour from the scalp of a patient.

The patient, 51-year-old Rabindra Bishui from West Bengal, had been suffering from scalp swelling for over two decades. Initially thought to be a conventional issue, it was later diagnosed as a Synovial Sarcoma tumour, a rare occurrence on the scalp, posing challenges for conventional treatments.

The intricate surgery, lasting seven hours, involved ligation of the left external carotid artery and posterolateral neck dissection. It required precise embolisation of blood vessels, targeting specific arteries. This groundbreaking procedure, only the second of its kind in India, was made possible through the collaborative efforts of specialists across various departments.

Dr. Ashutosh Biswas, the executive director, highlighted the journey of the patient’s search for treatment, ultimately finding a solution at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar’s Department of Plastic Surgery.

A multidisciplinary team comprising experts in interventional radiology, surgical oncology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, anaesthesiology, and pathology worked together under the guidance of Dr. Sanjay Kumar Giri, Head of the Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery.

The surgical team, led by Dr. Manoj Kumar Nayak, Dr. Rabi Narayan Sahu, Dr. Phanindra Kumar Swain, Dr. Aparna Kanungo, and others, successfully executed the procedure. The surgery required six units of blood and other blood products due to intraoperative blood loss, managed by the anaesthesia team led by Dr. Aparajita Panda.

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