Munir Naseeruddin, 23, a bank employee from Dubai would have never believed that a cyst as big as a giant melon could be growing inside his lean frame.
But 15 days ago, doctors from Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital removed a 28cm tumour weighing 3.9kg from Naseeruddin’s liver.
“After the surgery, I am 4kg lighter,” said Naseeruddin.
Naseeruddin, who suffered occasional stomach infections and slight discomfort in the right side of the liver for over a year, came to Mumbai in December when his condition aggravated.
“His tumour had occupied the entire right half of his liver. When examined microscopically it was seen arising from the bile ducts within the liver. This condition is rare and usually seen in women above the age of 50 years,” said Dr Hemant Vadeyar, liver transplant surgeon, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
The doctors removed the entire right half of his liver along with the tumour, in an eight hour complex and risky surgery.
“The tumour even though non-cancerous, would have continued to grow and there was a possibility of it becoming cancerous in the future,” said Dr Vadeyar. “This is the biggest tumour that I have encountered so far.”
Excessive bleeding was another risk. “We identified the blood supply to the tumour and divided it before removing the tumour,” said Dr Vadeyar.
After the surgery Naseeruddin was back on his feet in a week and will be returning to Dubai soon. “I am eagerly waiting to meet my family. The fist thing I will do is eat my favourite chicken biryani,” he said.
According to doctors, the incidence of liver tumours and primary liver cancers is increasing in India.
“There is a growing prevalence of liver disease such as hepatitis B, C and non alcoholic fatty liver disease which tend to give rise to cancer within the liver,” said Dr Vadeyar.