A 14-year-old boy got a new lease of life after undergoing a robotic surgery to remove a tennis ball sized a tumourfrom his abdomen. Senior doctors at Gangaram hospital oversaw the procedure in which an eight-centimetre spherical mass was removed.
Doctors said that the boy was brought to thehospital with breathlessness, high BP and sweating. His condition with elevated catecholamine (hormone) levels suggested a tumour in the adrenal gland.
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Pheochromocytoma is a rare functional tumour in the adrenal gland which leads to high blood pressure. The tumour surgery requires an open surgery which entails a big cut and long recovery time. Robotic surgery isn’t chosen for children since their abdomen isn’t big enough in size, but here doctors went for it and this is for the first time a robotic pheochromocytoma excision in paediatrics has been done in India.