Doctors told her she was suffering from a brain tumour but the truth was much more shocking.Woman’s brain tumour might have been her undeveloped twin.
A woman who moved from India to Connecticut to continue her studies has discovered that her fatigue symptoms were caused by something extremely rare. The one doctor who agreed to help her found out that the woman had on her brain a tumour consisting of tissue from her undeveloped twin sister.At least this was the first assumption.
Yamini Karanam a 26 years old student, admitted on her blog that at the beginning she assumed that she might be tired or that she was to stressed because of how much work she had to put into school. She stated that she was sleeping her life away, she had trouble reading and concentrating on her work and at one point she started to suffer from headaches.
She went to be tested and after three months of medical observations the diagnostic given by doctors was a brain tumour. The tumour had been located in the pineal area of the brain and they established that removing it would cause irremediable damage to her brain.
But Karanam kept on looking and for six months she had been seeing other different doctors. Eventually she encountered a neurologist who accepted to remove her brain tumour in the person of doctor Hrayr Shaninian from the Skullbase Institute from Los Angeles.
The surgery was not covered completely by her medical insurance so her friends made a fund raising campaign to help her get to Los Angeles and have her life saved.They managed to raise $32,000 and Karanam had her surgery on the 15th of April.
Doctors used a procedure called the “keyhole surgery. They made an incision on the back of her skull and used an endoscope to reach her brain and head towards where the tumour was located.
But to their surprise what they came across did not look like a tumour at all. What they found was something which in medical terms is called a teratoma, meaning a gathering of hair, bone and teeth.
More precisely a teratoma is an embryonal tumour, which is one of the most popular tumours found in babies with the age under 3 years. These tumours are usually benign and are indeed rare cases but they are not something doctors never heard off.
Doctor Shaninian explained that this was his second procedure of this kind and during his medical “life”he has removed up to 8,000 brain tumours.He added that the tumour was not cancerous and the woman will recuperate completely.His other removal of a teratoma had been a baby from Hong Kong who was born carrying her twin foetuses in her belly.
When talking about the tumour, Karanam said that it was her twin sister who has been making her life a hell for the last 26 years.
Medically speaking it is not obvious if the teratoma was indeed her twin sisters but one thing was sure, it was a threat for her life.
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