In Yekaterinburg, doctors performed a complex operation on the liver of a newborn

A ten-day-old baby was diagnosed with a rare pathology – a large malignant liver tumor. Such operations are complicated by the peculiarities of the body of newborns, so the surgeons of the Sverdlovsk Regional Children's Clinical Operation (ODCH) did a magnificent job. > In Yekaterinburg, doctors performed a complex operation on the liver of a newborn 35336

The boy was born in one of the maternity hospitals in the Sverdlovsk region, and during the first examination, doctors noticed an unnaturally swollen abdomen, the regional Ministry of Health reported. The child was immediately transferred to the Children's Clinical Hospital for diagnosis, where he was examined and liver hepatoblastoma was discovered. This malignant liver tumor of embryonic origin is most often diagnosed in children under three years of age. Hepatoblastoma is a very rare type of cancer, accounting for no more than 3% of cancer cases in children; in severe cases, the patient requires a liver transplant.

Doctors consulted with specialists from the Center for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology named after. Dmitry Rogachev and decided to operate on the child themselves. Any surgical intervention in newborns is associated with a high risk for the life of babies, primarily due to possible blood loss.

“The volume of blood in a baby is about a glass, 250 milliliters, and the structure of the tubular tissue of the liver is completely microscopic. Therefore, only special instruments and the latest technologies were used during the operation,” said pediatric surgeon, Honored Doctor of Russia Vladislav Chudakov, who performed the operation on the child.

The operation was successful, the malignant tumor was removed and sent for biopsy. The child is currently undergoing treatment at the Center for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology; he faces a long recovery.