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Ptatik (centre) with Dr Bhalerao (Right)

15 kg tumour removed from boy’s lung

Wockhardt Meera Road does surgery on 15-yr -old boy

Due to COVID 19 pandemic, we were delaying a visit to Hospital. We were shocked and very concerned when we came to know about the massive size of tumour - Parent

MUMBAI, Sep 23: Dr Upendra Bhalerao, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road performed complex thoracic surgery successfully to remove large 15 kg football-size tumour located in the right lung from a 15-year old boy and give him a new lease of life during the COVID19 pandemic situation.

Byculla resident Pratik Barkade had visited the family doctor with complaint of breathlessness and cough. Earlier they thought it may be a symptom of COVID 19. Chest CT scan report confirmed a large tumour of size 16cm x 14cm x12 cm arising from the right lung. The patient was referred to Wockhardt Hospital for tumour removal surgery.

Dr  Bhalerao, said: “Due to the COVID19 pandemic situation many patients are avoiding visits to hospitals.  Patient Pratik had this Tumour which kept on increasing with his age. The football-size cystic tumour was compressing on his right bronchus, trachea and adjoining chambers of heart. It was causing breathing problems and cough and he needed oxygen to maintain saturation.”

Pathology examination revealed it as mature cystic teratoma. primary teratomas arising from lung are very rare tumors. Mature teratomas are usually benign. They need to be surgically removed as they can cause symptoms due to their size or secondary infection and hemoptysis. Timely intervention and surgical treatment play an important role, he explained.

Mayur Barkade, Pratik’s father, said, “Our son was having severe breathlessness and cough but we were not able to understand the reason behind it. Due to COVID 19 pandemic, we were delaying a visit to Hospital. We were shocked and very concerned when we came to know about the massive size of tumour. We are grateful to Dr. Upendra Bhalerao and his team at Wockhardt Hospital who provided my son with timely and precise surgical treatment. Now Pratik is doing well and happy to lead his life as normal.”

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