Ishraqk , a mother of 4 children – 2 sons and 2 daughters, feels relieved after her successful brain surgery at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon. She was treated for a complex condition called as the Intracranial Space Occupying Lesions and the team of exceptional neurosurgeons under the guidance of Dr (Prof) VS Mehta, performed the path breaking surgery using the latest image guided brain tumour navigation technology.
Her symptoms started with neck pain, radiating to the head. Initially the pain was mild and its intensity kept on increasing with time. Ishraqk would feel dizzy and giddy a number of times. Her family became worrisome when she started to experience numbness in her left limb, upper left limb and left facial area. Concerned Ishraqk family took her to a local doctor , where an MRI revealed an Intracranial Space Occupying Lesions (ISCOL).
The term ‘ICSOL’ includes lesions which expand in volume to displace normal neural structures and lead to increase in intracranial tension. To relieve her of the pain and discomfort the doctors suggested the implantation of a VP shut so that the pressure in the brain could be relieved.Post the procedure Ishraqk’s condition further deteriorated and her vision and hearing was becoming weak and affected. The most important complication was her inability to walk. She had to depend on other to move her around, making her feel disabled and helpless.
“I thought that with every day I am loosing time. My family was concerned about my health and well being. We recommended a number of family members and friends and decided to go to India for treatment. Local people also suggested that we consult Dr VS Mehta, a renowned Neurosurgeon in India,” shares Ishraqk .
On consultation with Dr (Prof) VS Mehta, Padmashree, Chairman of Neurosciences, Paras Healthcare, it was revealed that the VP shunt operation hadn’t done much for Ishraqk. There was a large ovoid shaped homogeneously enhancing extra axial lesion posterior to the third ventricle. The recommendation was to remove the brain tumour and to replace the VP Shunt correctly.
According to Dr VS Mehta, “Around 50-60% or neurological disorders are constituted by space occupying lesions. Persistent headaches not due to any other detectable cause and unresponsive to simple medication should suggest to possibility of ICSOL.In many cases; protracted vomiting is a usual symptom. Projectile vomiting may be mistaken for gastrointestinal or psychiatric disturbances. Failure of vision due to papilliedema is a late phenomenon in most cases. Recent onset of behavioral changes and sudden onset of neurological deficits are also clinical features. Any type of seizure occurring for the first time after the age of 15 years should suggest the possibility of ICSOL. Due to the rising pressure in Ishraqk’s case we decided to take her for surgery on immediate basis.”
The surgery went successfully and today Ishraqk is healthy and happy. “I was in the ICU post surgery for 15 days. These were testing times for me and my family, but Dr VS Mehta and his team of neurosurgeons ensured that I remain positive and focused on my recovery. They kept me motivated and guided me to health. May Allah bless the team at Paras. They have been able to send a mother back to her kids and save her life,” shares Ishraqk.