Doctors remove a giant kidney weighing 7.4 kilograms (16.3 pounds) from a patient in India. This size is equivalent to two newborn babies.
This believed to be the largest kidney that has been removed in India. And the third heaviest in the world.
A patient is a 56-year-old man from New Delhi, India. He suffers from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). This is a genetic condition that causes cysts to develop in the kidney.
Doctors remove this giant kidney
The surgery took place in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. The operation lasted for two hours.
It’s not unusual for patients with ADPKD to develop large kidneys, but Dr. Sachin Kathuria, consultant of urology at the hospital and the lead surgeon for the operation, said this was the biggest he has seen.
The patient is hoping for a kidney transplant.
The patient was suffering from kidney failure, flank pain (and) infections that were not responding to medication because the antibiotics weren’t able to penetrate the cysts.
The cysts were at risk of haemorrhaging, which can lead to uncontrolled bleeding. He was having trouble breathing because of the size of the kidneys pressing into other organs.
The patient recovered and has been discharged since the operation towards the end of October. He is currently on dialysis and is waiting for a kidney transplant.