Indian surgeons removed a 7.4 kg male kidney, CNN reported. Indian surgeons remove 7.4 kg male kidney
It is believed that this is the largest kidney ever removed in the country, and the third largest in the world.
The patient, a 56-year-old man from the Indian capital New Delhi, suffers from an autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. A genetic disease that causes the development of cysts in the kidneys.
The operation, which was carried out at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi at the end of October, lasted about two hours, and the organ removal operation took 30 minutes.
Large kidneys are not unusual for patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, but surgeon Sachin Kathuria admitted that it was the largest kidney he saw. According to him, the largest kidney was removed in the US - 9 kg, and in the Netherlands - 8.7 kg.
The decision about the operation was made after the patient complained of constant pain and increased renal failure.
"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," said Kathuria.
"You don't always to have to remove the kidneys in patients with this condition. Only if there's an infection or bleeding from the tumors or cysts," Kathuria said. "But in this case, the cyst had grown around the kidney and replaced it. It was occupying nearly the entire abdomen area."
Currently, the patient is on dialysis and is waiting for a kidney transplant.
"His other kidney is bigger but we can't remove it as he'd be on permanent dialysis," said Kathuria. "Considering further removal is only done if there is a kidney donor or the infections and symptoms get so bad that we have no other option."