42-year old Abaeze Dokubo (Name Changed) completely ignored his consistent headaches and nasal troubles from the past one year. When he suffered total vision loss in his right eye, he consulted doctors in his own country. A Ethmoid sinus tumor between his eyes was diagnosed with a CT and MRI scan that had occurred due to Nasal Sinus Cancer. This was the cause of vision loss in his right eye and then his left eye. All the major Nigerian hospitals advised him an open surgery for tumor removal and the removal his right eye. This is where Columbia Asia Hospital came as a ray of hope for him.
One of Dokubo’s friends has got his successful treatment done here. On his recommendation the patient and his family visited India for the treatment. He got his nasal sinus treated here. After complete satisfaction, he underwent minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, performed by the doctors for 5 hours. The team was led by Dr. Santosh Shivaswamy, ENT & Head and Neck Surgeon and consisted of Dr. Avinash, Neurosurgeon, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal. After a successful surgery, he has regained his right eye vision- a rare happening.
The doctors informed that in the general population, this disease was prevalent only in 1 person out of 100,000 people. Dr Shivaswamy said, “We are glad that we could operate successfully in such a rare case. The case was technically very challenging as the space for the surgery was too small. Since endoscopic sinus surgery is minimally invasive, we could remove the tumor as well. Hence we chose to remove the tumor through the nasal route.”
“I am so glad that I chose to get my treatment done at Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal. I had full confidence that I will get the best treatment. But I was very happy and surprised when my vision also got revived,” said the ecstatic Abaeze Dokubo.
Nasal/Paranasal sinus cancer is a malignant tumor, which starts developing inside the nose or in paranasal cavities around the nose. Men are slightly more prone to suffer from it in comparison to women, between the age-group of 60 to 70 years.