By Health In Five Writer
Mumbai: A team headed by Dr Vinod Rambal, Neurosurgeon at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai successfully performed a RetroMastoid Craniotomy to remove 50 g of nerve tumour from a 27-year-old male engineer from NCR, diagnosed with vestibular schwannoma causing total hearing loss and facial numbness and heaviness.
“It was confirmed that the patient had vestibular schwannoma, a benign cranial nerve tumour arising from the 8th cranial nerve around the back of one’s ear and this is the exit for these said nerves. It grows initially and then starts to grow from the nerve in the cave which has got other nerves as the bony cave cannot expand so much, it mushrooms into the soft area into the brain, the hindbrain called the cerebellum and part of the brain stem, pons. The brain stem, midbrain, and pons are the vital connecting junction between the brain and the spinal cord through which to and fro brain activity happens. The ratio is around 2 cases per million and is usually seen in 50 to 60 years age groups,” said Dr. Rambal.
“The surgery lasted for six hours and was a task because of the position or rather the location of the tumour. The route through which the tumour was accessed was from behind the ear. The consistency and its intimate contact with the critical parts of the brain are what made it very difficult to operate on. The patient was discharged after a week’s time, being fully functional,” added Dr. Rambal.