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Doctors at Shaikh Khalifa Hospital remove rare pharyngeal tumor

Ahmed Shaaban (senior Reporter)
Filed on June 3, 2015

The operation was conducted by three doctors who thoroughly removed the tumor with minimal blood loss, and reconstructed the airway at the same time to enable the patient to breathe.


Doctors at Shaikh Khalifa Hospital remove rare pharyngeal tumor (/assets/oldimages/surgery-625.jpg)

Ras Al Khaimah: A medical team in Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah (SKSH-RAK) has managed to remove a rare benign tumor from a 58-year-old Emirati patient.

The patient was suffering from shortness of breath due to a big mass of 3.5 cm that blocked her airway just behind the tongue.

Doctors at Shaikh Khalifa Hospital remove rare pharyngeal tumor (/assets/oldimages/doctor-name.jpg)Dr Myung-Whun Sung, CEO of SKSH-RAK and head of the team that conducted the operation, said the surgery which took three hours had been done in three medical procedures.

“The tumor consisted of a vascular mass inside the airway track in the neck, anatomically called the hypopharynx; the patient had several previous CT scans and MRI in two different hospitals in the UAE but did not get the final diagnosis.”

He noted that the tests proved that the mass has blocked the airway and trachea causing severe shortness of breath. “An MRI was done to define the size of the tumor since it was in a sensitive area.”

Dr Sung emphasized that prior to the operation, the surgeons conducted an important procedure called “angiography embolization” to confirm the diagnosis and prevent significant bleeding during the operation. “We had to do the operation within a couple of days to have this preoperative procedure effective.”

The operation was conducted by three doctors who thoroughly removed the tumor with minimal blood loss, and reconstructed the airway at the same time to enable the patient to breathe, he underlined. “The histopathologic diagnosis of the tumor was “paraganglioma”, which is rare but notorious for its difficulty in operation due to high vascularity.”

Elaborating, Dr Sung said the woman's health has now improved and suffers no complications. “She will be discharged from the hospital in a few days after complete recovery.”

The procedures done before the operation helped define the size and type of the tumor and definitely led to its successful treatment, he pointed out. “This uncommon case required a step-by-step team approach including radiological intervention and skilled surgery.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com





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