World Brain Tumor Day: Wockhardt Hospitals Successfully Diagnose a Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma in a 6-Year-Old Girl

World Brain Tumor Day is celebrated on June 8 every year to spread awareness about brain tumors, which progress very quickly. Raising awareness, early diagnosis, timely treatment, and proper follow-up are crucial in the fight against brain tumors, as these measures can greatly improve the chances of survival. If not treated promptly, brain tumors can prove fatal.

A team of skilled doctors from Wockhardt Hospitals in Rajkot, including Dr. Kant Jogani (Senior Consultant- Brain and Spine Surgeon) and Dr. Viral Vasani (Consultant- Brain and Spine Surgeon), successfully diagnosed and removed a brain tumor from a 6-year-old girl, giving her a new lease on life.

Detailing the case, the 6-year-old girl was brought to Wockhardt Hospitals, Rajkot, by her parents. She was suffering from constant headaches, vomiting, nausea, and was limping while walking. Reports revealed that the child had a tumor in the middle of the cerebellum, located at the end of the brainstem—the part of the brain containing the nerves that control breathing and the heart, and which carries every nerve in the brain that controls our senses.

The doctors explained, “The child’s tumor was high-grade and her life expectancy was less than a year, so her family was initially hesitant about surgery. After coming to Wockhardt Hospitals and learning about the risks and benefits of the surgery, it was decided to safely and accurately remove as much of the tumor as possible. Complete removal of the tumor posed risks, including potential slanting of the eyeball, slanting of the mouth, difficulty in hearing, and the possibility of going into a coma, which the family found unacceptable. However, after understanding the full possibilities and risks, and with the family’s permission, the girl was successfully diagnosed with Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma.”

Remarkably, the girl was able to walk on the second day after the surgery, and her headaches were completely gone. There was no need to insert a tube to drain fluid from the brain. Post-operative MRI results showed that the brain tumor was completely removed.

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