Doctors at Fortis save 26 year old pregnant woman and unborn twins Successfully contain brain haemorrhage through complex microsurgery

January 7, 2013
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A 26-year-old woman with twin pregnancy was diagnosed with brain haemorrhage, a dangerous condition with a mortality rate of 25 to 30 per cent.

The lady recuperates after successful microsurgery without any Neurological complications

New Delhi: Top doctors at Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh successfully conducted a critical brain surgery on a26-year-old, pregnant lady, carrying twins. The lady in her second trimester had symptoms of severe headache, vomiting and drowsiness. Doctors diagnosed the aneurysm resulting in brain haemorrhage. A cerebral aneurysm is a weak or thin spot on a blood vessel in the brain that balloons out and fills with blood. The bulging aneurysm can put pressure on a nerve or surrounding brain tissue. It may also leak or rupture, spilling blood into the surrounding tissue which is known as haemorrhage. It is a challenge for doctors to diagnose such a condition as Diagnostic tests, like CT scan and X-rays are unsafe and not recommended during pregnancy.

Speaking on the challenges involved in the surgery, Dr Anil Kansal, Sr. Consultant & Head Neuro & Spine Surgery said “The lady was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition. Rupture of an aneurysm in the brain had resulted in heavy internal bleeding jeopardizing her life and that of the unborn babies. We immediately carried out a complex micro-surgery, clipping the aneurysm to stop the internal bleeding and were successful in saving the three lives.”
This condition has a mortality rate as high as 25 to 30 per cent.
A small metal clip was used to pinch the blood vessel at the neck of the aneuryism to stop the blood from flowing into the aneurysm. A craniotomy was performed to create an opening in the skull to reach the aneurysm in the brain. After the successful completion of the surgery, the patient was kept under observation in the ICU for 14 days. No neurological complications were observedand the patient is doing well and has been discharged.

Talking about her experience the patient, Ms Pratibha Sharma, said, “I am grateful to God and my doctors for gifting me a second life and a chance to see my beautiful babies.”

On the success of the rare neuro surgery, Jasdeep Singh, Facility Director, Fortis Shalimar Bagh said, “It gave us immense happiness to save the three lives reaffirming our commitment to healthcare through clinical excellence.”


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