A 34 year old gentleman presented with severe headaches. He had been suffering from them for two or three years and they had been increasing in intensity and were accompanied by blurred vision.
What the patient reported are classic symptoms of raised intracranial pressure (increased pressure in the skull). CT scans showed a massive 10 cm tumour in the midline region. Due to its size, it was displacing critical structures in the brain and causing the increased pressure.
In an 8-hour procedure, surgeons performed a craniotomy on the patient and approached the tumour through a parasaggital craniotomy.
The surgery was without complication and resulted in the successful removal of the entire tumour. As it turned out, the tumour was benign – a falcine chondroma which is a rare form of intracranial tumor with an excellent prognosis. It was just its size and location which was causing problems for the patient. Post-operatively the patient regained consciousness without any weakness of the limbs. However he was unable to speak.
This was possibly due to the manipulation of the areas controlling speed during surgery. However, by the 3rd day, his speech had completely returned and he was discharged. The benign nature of the tumour meant that he could look forward to a long and productive life.
Headaches can be because of various reasons. Headache also presents as a symptom for a majority of brain tumors. Common symptoms for a chondroma include headaches and visual changes. If you have a headache which is increasing in intensity, it is better to get a check up done. You can contact Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital in Bangalore for a consultation – http://www.sbshospital.com/get-in-touch/