MEDICAL EXCELLENCE - His tongue came from his stomach
Food & Health|April 2021
A 53-year-old Rajesh (name changed to protect privacy) works as an auto driver in Bengaluru. He developed an ulcer on his tongue 2 months ago and tried local remedies for the same. He never consumed tobacco and hence did not suspect anything serious out of the ulcer. A known person then referred him to Dr Satish C, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at TRUSTWELL HOSPITAL.

Dr Satish C suggested a CT scan and biopsy of the ulcer which revealed cancerous growth on half the tongue which extended to the lymph nodes of the neck. To stop the spread of cancer, radical surgery was performed that involved removal of 3/4th of the right tongue and lymph nodes from both sides of the neck. After the removal of the cancerous growth, reconstructive surgery was done on 5th March 2021. Dr. Satish C, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at TRUSTWELL HOSPITAL who performed the surgery stated, “Generally, a part of the flesh along with skin from patient’s outer body part is reframed into tongue and sewn together in such cases. But, we came up with a very unique solution for this case.

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