Woman With Rare Tumour In Heart Saved By Complicated Surgery

The surgery took more than three hours and was three times more complicated and risky than normal heart surgeries.

Noida: A rare tumour in the heart has been treated in 48-year-old Poonam Chaudhary, a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh after a complicated life-threatening surgery.

Citing bleak chances of survival, many hospitals denied treating the tumour (Myxoma) that cut down functioning of her heart by 25 per cent.

Ms Chaudhary experienced early symptoms 10 years ago – constant difficulty in breathing and pain in the heart – for which she did not seek any medical treatment.

Her health deteriorated with time and she was admitted to a city hospital in April this year.

The hospital set up a team and medical treatment was attempted through surgical intervention.

“The tumour occupied one entire chamber (atrium) of the heart, obstructing the flow of blood. The patient could have suffered from sudden cardiac death or congestive cardiac failure,” Vaibhav Mishra, Senior Consultant for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Fortis Hospital was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

According to doctors, non-cancerous primary heart tumour usually develops in the left upper chamber or atrium of the heart and tends to be more common among women. Symptoms include shortness of breath, palpitations, abnormal heart rhythm or sometimes stroke.

Dr Mishra told IANS that the tumour was mounting enormous pressure on the neighbouring heart chamber and was hindering the flow of blood which led to grossly abnormal liver function.

“Considering that our heart is just about the size of our fist, the tumour was large enough to damage the heart and surrounding organs,” he said.

“The surgery took more than three hours and was three times more complicated and risky than normal heart surgeries. Such were the complications that almost all body systems of the patient were getting compromised,” Dr Mishra told IANS.

Poonam was discharged from the hospital after being kept in the observation for three days.

“I feel blessed that I got a new life. Doctors at other hospitals had almost lost hope of my recovery,” she told IANS.

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