Mumbai: Doctors remove massive heart tumor to save 28-year-old woman’s life

Cardiologists gave a new lease of life to a 28-year-old woman who was COVID positive and had a large tumour of 7cm x 6.5 x 5cm which had grown in the heart. The patient was admitted to Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, following which doctors conducted a six-hour complex surgery. According to the doctors, the patient who complained of breathlessness and was on oxygen support has now been discharged and she resumed her normal life.

The patient, Yogita Patil, a housewife and a resident of Kolhapur had complained of difficulty in breathing, and was diagnosed with COVID-19. Following this, she was put on oxygen support and shifted to Mumbai and was referred to Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road.

Dr Upendra Bhalerao, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road said, the patient came in an emergency with symptoms of severe shortness of breath, swelling over legs and was on high oxygen support. Dr Anup Taksande Cardiologist evaluated her and her Echocardiography was done which revealed a 7 cm x 6.5 x 5 cm massive tumor in the right-side upper chamber (atrium) of her heart which was blocking the blood flow to the lungs.

“It was going across the tricuspid valve to the right lower chamber and to the pulmonary artery by occupying almost 80 per cent of the right heart and there was minimal blood flow to the lungs. It was a cardiac tumor called myxoma and not treating her at the right time would have led to death. To her dismay, her Covid test came positive,” he said.

Dr Bhalerao further said that the patient was aggressively treated with steroids and Remdesivir for Covid-19 and after 10 days, she underwent a high-risk surgery with removal of cardiac tumor. The tumor was completely removed from its attachment to the atrial septum. Her tricuspid valve could be separated from the tumor successfully. “After 6-hour surgery and spending 4 days in ICU, she was moved to a ward and discharged home a week after the surgery. Her heart condition is normal and she can now breathe without any oxygen support and is having normal blood oxygen saturation. Pathology was suggestive of myxoma which is a benign (non-Cancerous) tumor and generally doesn’t recur after complete excision,” he added.

In the Covid era, the symptoms of other heart and lung conditions overlap with Covid 19. All patients should be thoroughly evaluated for their symptoms and treated for an underlying cause instead of dismissing it as Covid.

“I was gasping for breath when I walked a few steps, climbed stairs, or tried sleeping. My married life was getting affected and I was unable to do any chores without ease. I would wonder what is wrong with me? My health deteriorated further and I was on oxygen support. I was dependent on my family members for eating food, drinking water and even getting up and sitting. I was shocked to learn about the tumor in my heart. I had no idea about the big tumor growing inside my heart. I was very disturbed after knowing my covid 19 test result. After undergoing prompt treatment at Wockhardt Hospital, I am relieved that I can breathe freely now. As I heal and gain back my strength, I will resume my daily activities and I am thankful to the doctors for saving my life. I urge people to notice the changes that occur regarding their health and seek immediate treatment. Delay can lead to loss of life,” concluded patient Yogita.

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