Pune: Doctors operate J&K woman with a rare jawbone tumour

Yasmin, a 21-year-old from Uri sector, J&K has been suffering from a rare form oral tumour. Due to which her face changed considerably. The doctors performed a surgery on her, and now she has got her face back

  • A 21-year-old woman from Uri, Jammu & Kashmir, underwent a knife at Pune’s MA Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences. 
  • The woman had a tumour in her jaw bone, owing to which, her face also changed considerably. 
  • Doctors say that the woman was suffering from a rare form oral tumour called Osteochondroma. In medical terms, it is the overgrowth of cartilage and bone that happens at the end of the bone near the growth plate. 
  • Most often, it affects the long bones in the leg, the pelvis, or the shoulder blade. 

After almost four years of suffering from a rare form of an oral tumour called Osteochondroma, the 21-year-old Yasmin Shaikh’s got her normal face back. Doctors from Pune’s MA Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences performed a surgery on her on July 9 and successfully managed to remove a tumour.

Yasmin, a young bakery worker from Uri sector in J&K, has been living with an oral tumour for the past four years. She consulted a number of doctors in Jammu and Kashmir, but, her ordeal and stigma did not end, as her efforts to get treatment went in vain.
Finally, with the help of a Pune-based NGO, Aseem Foundation, Yasmin came to Pune hoping to get better treatment.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr JB Garde, an Oral and Microfacial surgeon attached to MA Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences, said, “Yasmin was suffering from a rare form of an oral tumour. Due to which, her face had also changed considerably. We had to give a cut from the ear to the throat and remove a tumour. Thankfully, the tumour was not cancerous. We removed it through surgery. We then performed a cosmetic surgery to give her normal face back.”
Dr Garde further added, “This type of a tumour is very rare. In ten lakh cases, we find one case like this. The surgery was complex and went on for six hours. The surgery was done completely free of cost, and after her dental treatment, we will discharge her.”
Meanwhile, Dr Mahesh Mali, a dental surgeon from Mumbai said, “Osteochondroma is a very rare form of an oral tumour. In India, the cases of Osteochondroma are less than 10 percent. This type of a tumour is not life-threatening. However, if not treated, the tumour grows and can pose difficulties for a person while chewing.”