Mumbai: Doctors remove 10-cm-long thyroid tumor from a woman’s chest

A 38-year-old woman, suffering from thyroid condition since the past ten years, was successfully operated upon by the city doctors. The tumor had spread to her chest region, putting pressure on her windpipe, causing breathlessness

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  • In a rare case, the doctors from Mumbai removed a 10-cm-long thyroid tumor from a 38-year-old woman’s chest. 
  • According to the doctors, the thyroid tumor had spread to the woman’s chest, due to which she was suffering from breathlessness, and had trouble consuming food.  
  • Generally, in such cases, the tumor is removed through open heart surgery. However, doctors from Mumbai’s Kohinoor hospital removed the tumor using endoscopy. 

A 38-year-old woman, hailing from Mumbai, who was suffering from a thyroid condition since the past ten years, was successfully operated by the city doctors. The woman, who was treated for asthma earlier, is now discharged from the hospital.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sanjay Helale, Head of Department, ENT, Kohinoor Hospital, said, “The woman had come to the hospital with a complaint of breathlessness. However, when we investigated further, with the help of an X-ray and CT scan, we found that the patient was suffering from a thyroid condition. The tumor had spread up to her chest. It is a rare case that a thyroid tumor has spread to the chest region.”

Adding further, he said, “Generally, in these type of cases, the tumor is removed by performing open heart surgery. However, after investigating, we decided to remove the tumor via endoscopy. So, first, we had to cut the 3-cm tumor which was there in the neck region. After which we moved into the chest region, and removed the remaining 10-cm-long thyroid tumor.”

According to the doctors, the procedure lasted for three hours. The woman was allowed to go home after spending two days in the hospital.

Dr Helale added, “It was a very challenging surgery, as it is rare to see the thyroid tumor of this size, growing in the chest region. The tumor was putting extra pressure on the windpipe, owing to which the woman was suffering from breathlessness.”

Dr Sriniwas Chavan, Head of ENT department, Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, said, “There are various types of thyroid tumors. However, it is rare that the tumor, that long, has spread in the chest. In cases like these, we perform open heart surgery on the patient.”