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Infant operated upon for rare liver tumour

An 18-month-old child diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumour in the liver was successfully operated upon by doctors without which she may have lived only for six months.

An 18-month-old child diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumour in the liver was successfully operated upon by doctors without which she may have lived only for six months.

A team of doctors at Wockhardt Hospitals performed the life-saving liver ‘resection’ on Sumana hailing from Orissa. The rare cancer is called hepatoblastoma in which the cancerous cells are known to spread to other areas of the body including lungs,abdomen,bone and central nervous system,Dr S K Mathur,Senior Consultant Surgeon at Wockhardt Hospitals,told reporters.

“If the child was not operated or went untreated,she would have survived only for six months,” said Mathur,who led the the team that performed the surgery. The chemotherapy that Sumana had taken earlier in a city hospital served to downsize the tumour in her liver to make it more resectable,Mathur said.

“But it was late detection that had worsened Sumana’scondition. Cases of liver tumors in such young children are very rare — almost one in a million,” he said. “Managing such a small baby for a major liver resection was quite a difficult task and such surgeries are not commonly done on them,” he added.

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First published on: 11-04-2009 at 02:50:51 am
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