Himachal Pradesh: Largest-ever goiter removed by IGMC doctors

The IGMC authorities said this was the largest-ever goiter removed from a body at any medical institution in the country.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Updated: April 23, 2016 7:49:00 pm
Manga Ram, 60 year old before and after the surgery. Express photo. 23.04.2016 Manga Ram, 60 year old before and after the surgery. Express photo. 23.04.2016

In a landmark surgery, doctors at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) – state’s premier health institution, on Saturday successfully removed a 4 kg antesternal goiter of a 60-year-old, who was suffering from this giant thyroid lump for past 40 years.

The IGMC authorities said this was the largest-ever goiter removed from a body at any medical institution in the country. Earlier, doctors at AIIMS had removed a 2.9 kg goiter of a 60-year-old woman last year.

“This was India’s largest goiter removed at any government hospital. It was also a life threatening thyroid lump,” said Dr Anil Malhotra, a professor of surgery who led a team of over half a dozen doctors to conduct this successful operation. It took two and half hours to remove the goiter and declare the patient medically fit.

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Manga Ram, a labourer from Jharkhand, was admitted at IGMC hospital on April 13 with the giant swelling around his neck, which he claimed to have acquired 40 years ago. Doctors in Jharkhand had refused to handle the disease and told him that he had to live with it .

“The heavy swelling was causing huge discomfort in his movements, swallowing, respiratory distress and difficulty in sleep, speech and work. Walking had became impossible due to weight of the goiter,” said Dr Malhotra.

However, after clinical assessment like X-rays, CT scan, MRI and other necessary tests, a team of doctors decided to perform the surgery to relieve Manga Ram of his prolonged ordeal of four decades as it had covered most of the upper part of his chest also.

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