NEW DELHI || A team of doctors at Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital performed surgery to cure 27-year-old Iraqi women of a rare recurrent tumour Ameloblastoma to help her eat food properly after a gap of more than three years. The tumour sized 3×3 cms was removed from the lower jawbone of the patient. The team was led by Dr Mandeep S Malhotra, Head- Breast, Head & Neck Oncology Surgery, Fortis Hospital Vasant Kunj.
Rasha Mohammad had a relapse of this rare tumour on the right side of her lower jawbone resulting in physical disfigurement. The patient was initially treated in her home country where the tumour was resected, and a reconstruction plate was placed to bridge the gap in the jawline.
However, as the tumour relapsed, the lower jaw got maligned that proved difficult to bite, chew and eat food properly. Consequently, the right side of the face was depressed with a deviation of the chin. Once the patient was presented at Fortis hospital, a treatment plan was drawn to urgently remove the tumour and rectify the maligned jaw for necessary cosmetic alterations & dental rehabilitation. Post-treatment, she is now cured completely and able to eat easily.
Talking about the case, Dr Mandeep Malhotra said, “Rasha Mohammad was taken for surgery where the tumour was removed along with the involved jaw. bone and chin with adequate margins making sure nothing is left behind. Bone from the right iliac crest (part of hip bone) was removed, shaped into Neo jaw and auto transplanted to form the right jaw and chin. The blood supply to the new jaw was augmented by bringing in sternocleidomastoid muscle flap to cover the bone. The whole jaw was realigned for the patient to bite correctly and chew properly. The entire surgery took 7 hours. We have been able to achieve more than expected for the patient. The tumour has been removed, the jaw has been reconstructed and the patient’s looks are brought back to normal. She can bite properly and eat normal food. Dental rehabilitation of the newly reconstructed RT jaw is planned.”
Mangla Dembi, Facility Director, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj said, “Fortis has always prided itself in being at par with international clinical standards. We are proud to have a senior and experienced team which can provide the latest treatment and handle challenging cases. Our endeavour is to always provide the best clinical care, keeping in mind a 100% chance of recovery for every single patient. The clinicians at Fortis Hospital Vasant Kunj are known for examining each case carefully and suggesting the right treatment approach. Our team will continue to work diligently as per global clinical protocols and leverage cutting edge technology for best possible results.”