Tanzanian woman operated on for rare spinal cord tumour
Chennai: Rehana (name changed) got a new lease of life when she underwent a complex surgery to remove a large tumour from her spine.
The 36-year old housewife from Tanzania was suffering from progressive weakness in limbs, constant pain and disturbance in walking which limited her daily activities.
Neuro surgeons of Apollo Hospitals identified a large tumour that occupied 8 centimetres of the central part (Intramedullary) of the spinal cord in the neck. Further examinations revealed that the tumour extended from the second to sixth cervical spine and this required an immediate surgery.
During the second week of July, a team of Neuro Spinal Surgeons led by Dr. J. K. B. C. Parthiban, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Apollo Hospitals performed a 6 hour surgery on the patient wherein the tumour was removed safely preserving the motor and sensory functions of the patient.
Neuro Spinal Surgery is an advancing specialty in Neurosurgery that addresses not only the soft spinal cord but also the spine (bone). Skill in Microsurgery and Spinal Instrumentation are the hallmarks of this specialization.