Doctors have performed a rare surgery to remove testicular tumour from the abdomen of a two-year-old boy at Christian Medical College and Hospital.
The child was brought to the department of paediatric surgery from the border area of Kashmir, with complaint of swelling over right side of abdomen and inability to pass urine.
Clinical examination revealed that the child's right testicle was missing since birth. Further blood tests and CT scan investigations revealed that the right testicle was lodged in the abdomen and had become a big tumour.
Dr William Bhatti, professor and head, department of paediatric surgery, with his team comprising Dr N Bedi, Dr A Grewal, Dr S Dhuria, Dr Dootika Shukla and Karan, a technologist, performed laparoscopic operation on the child and the 200gm tumour was removed successfully.
“It is the first time in Punjab that this type of tumour has been removed in a child with laparoscopic operation. The patient is doing well and had been discharged,” Dr Bhatti claimed.
He further explained that absent testicle in scrotum was a common problem in infant boys and parents should consult paediatric surgeons for further management.
“Surgery for absent testicles should be done between the age of six and 18 months, otherwise growth of testicles will be retarded. There are 50 to 60 fold higher chances of testicular cancer in males with absent testicles in scrotum,” he added.