Surgeons excise rare bone-eating tumour

When a handful of hospitals suggested amputation of his tumour-affected left leg, 19-year-old Rifat Iqbal begged to differ. Today, he is happy that he made the right decision after surgeons of Apollo Hospitals excised the cricket ball-sized tumour and saved his leg.

Iqbal, who hails from Bangladesh, had a rare bone-eating tumour called desmoplastic fibroma. “I feel that my life is back on track. I can now walk and ride a bike without any difficulty,” he said. He is currently pursuing BBA.

In a four-hour-long surgery on February 10, 2018, a team of surgeons did a wide resection of the tumour. Post surgery, he was put on bone regenerating drugs to help the ankle bone regrow .

“It was in 2014 that the boy had pain and swelling in his leg. He underwent a surgery in Bangladesh. After two years of walking with a limp, he slowly developed pain and swelling again. Tumour was suspected,” Kornad Kosygan, senior consultant Orthopaedics Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals told reporters on Friday. After visiting a number of hospitals, Iqbal approached Apollo Hospitals in December 2017. “The tumour was 15 cm x10 cm in size, but the sensation and colour of the foot was preserved. Vascular surgeons also found that the blood vessels were intact and we decided that tumour excise was a safe option,” he explained.

At least 25% of the lower bone was destroyed by the tumour, he said, adding that they found the remaining part to be strong.

“Biopsy revealed desmoplastic fibroma, a rare benign tumour that is aggressive. After surgery, we started bone-forming injection. As of now, 10-15% bone has re-formed,” he added. Kannan Prema, senior consultant Plastic and Regenerative Surgeon also spoke.

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