Sikkim Medical Breakthrough : 1 Kg Kidney Tumor Detached from 2 yrs Old Child in CRH
02 Sep, Gangtok : In a major breakthrough, a 1 kg tumour of kidney was successfully removed by doctors here at Central Referral Hospital (CRH) Tadong, East Sikkim from a 2 year old boy recently.
The child was referred from the STNM Hospital to the Department of Paediatric Surgery at CRH. His initial symptoms included abdominal distension (swelling of the abdomen) which was gradually increasing associated with occasional fever.
Upon further examination and investigation, the patient had a large tumour in right kidney diagnosed as Wilms’ Tumour. Wilms’ Tumour is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children, also known as nephroblastoma.
As the child’s parents were from lower socio economic status, after taking into consideration his urgent medical condition, CRH had him enrolled under Sikkim Manipal Swasthya Suraksha (SMSS) scheme.
The child was operated by team of surgeon and anesthetist at CRH, led by Dr Bikram Kharga, Head of Dept, Paediatric Surgery, CRH. It was difficult surgery due to close proximity of the tumor to major blood vessel i.e. inferior vena cava, which carries blood from lower part of body to heart, the cancerous tumor successfully removed. Some tissues removed during surgery have been sent for further tests.
The child has recovered well and ready for discharge for hospital.
Dr Bikram Kharga, Head of Dept, Paediatric Surgery, CRH said: “Treatment for Wilms’ Tumour usually involves surgery and chemotherapy but treatment may vary by the stages of the cancer. This type of cancer is rare.”
The Department of Paediatric surgery CRH is well equipped to handle all Paediatric (children’s) surgical cases including congenital anomalies of new born babies.