Doctors at a private hospital here removed a kidney weighing 2.75 kg from a patient suffering from kidney failure.
This is the largest and the heaviest kidney removed in the world, they claimed. According to reports in “Guinness World Records”, the largest kidney to have been removed so far was one weighing 2.14 kg in Dhule, Maharashtra.
The dimensions of the organ removed recently at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) here are bigger than the one in the record book, said the doctors. A normal kidney weighs around 130 grams. In this case, the kidney had become enlarged due to multiple cysts in it. “The kidney had taken up almost the entire space of the abdomen. We had to be careful to not hurt the intestines while conducting the surgery,” said Dr Manu Gupta, consultant urological surgeon at SGRH. The 45-year-old patient, who was operated on over a month ago, is currently in hospital. Both his kidneys were removed within a gap of seven days. The second kidney weighed 2.5 kg.
Without kidneys, the patient has no urine output, and the toxicity is being flushed out through dialysis every two days. In a month, he will undergo a transplant once he receives a suitable donor.Doctors have not entered the case for “Guinness World Records” as they are waiting for the patient to recover.
He was suffering from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)—a genetic ailment that eventually leads to kidney failure. It is one of the most common inherited disorders, with approximately 1.25 crore cases reported worldwide. The patient was diagnosed with ADPKD one year ago. “When he was brought to hospital, he was suffering from high fever and severe pain in the abdomen. This was because of severe infection in the kidneys. He was also losing blood through urine,” said Gupta.
The lifesaving surgery was conducted after doctors realised the patient’s condition was deteriorating by the day.