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A rare ‘Adult Cardiac Rhabdomyoma Surgery’ successfully performed under Arogyasri in AP

Our Bureau, Hyderabad
Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 15:45 Hrs  [IST]

A rare ‘Adult Cardiac Rhabdomyoma Surgery’ was performed at Prime Hospitals in Hyderabad. This is first of its kind of surgeries ever performed in Andhra Pradesh. Cardiac Rhabdomyomas are the most common primary tumours of the heart in infants and children. But, the kind of cardiac disorder observed in the 25 year old Narasimulu was a rare case of adult cardiac disorder. So far, less than 100 cases of similar medical condition were reported across the globe since 1996.

A team of Doctors from Prime Hospitals performed the operation successfully and saved the life of a poor patient who was treated with the help of Arogyasri funding of the government. “Thanks to the Aarogyasri Health scheme, introduced by Dr Y S Rajashekahar Reddy, the late Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, for it has saved the life of a poor patient. If not for this scheme, the patient would have no option but to die. The operation was performed with special permission from the Aarogyasri Trust. Under the scheme, it only cost Rs.75000. Otherwise it would have cost anywhere between Rs.14-15 lakh,” said Dr C Raghu, Prime Hospitals.

“The tumour was in the left ventricle of the heart within the pumping chamber causing impairment of pumping and rhythm disturbances of the heart, causing obstruction to the flow of blood, which is a severe case ever observed in adult patents. We performed the surgery for three hours and finally succeeded in saving the life of this patient” said, Dr Raghu added.

Dr B Vengal Reddy, the Chief Cardio Thoracic Surgeon of the Prime Hospitals said, “Rhabdomyoma is rare tumours. Its occurrence rate may be 1 in 6,000 to 1 in 10,000. In India a very few such surgeries are performed.”

Prime Hospitals is the only hospital among the 40 plus super specialty hospitals in the state to achieve the distinction of performing this cardiac operation.


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