Saved from a tiny, hidden tumour in nick of time

Dr Ritesh Agarwal, Endocrine Surgeon at Wockhardt said, "Sushila's problem aggravated early morning, when she was in a state of fasting for substantial hours post-dinner. It was difficult to diagnose the condition, as blood sugar levels stay normal during the day. She had to undergo a 72-hour supervised fasting blood sugar test," to ascertain if a tumour was at play, as suspected by Dr Agarwal. "In such cases, sugar levels dip when a patient goes without eating for a long time," he said.
Doctors later told her that Sushila was suffering from Insulinoma, a benign tumour in the pancreas, which produces excess insulin causing blood sugar levels to plummet to dangerous levels. It affects one to five in ten lakh people.

Though over 70 million Indians battle high sugar levels due to diabetes, experts say there’s also a need for awareness on rarer but equally dangerous instances of low sugar levels that may manifest in patients.

Sushila Chakraborty’s story makes a strong case for it. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old suddenly collapsed, as her sugar dropped to dangerously low levels. Medical investigation revealed that a tiny, benign tumour made Sushila’s pancreas its home.

“I fell on the side with a loud thud in the bathroom. My husband later told me I suffered from convulsions and froth emanated from my mouth,” Sushila told DNA. Her husband Vishwanath rushed her to run Wockhardt Hospital in the vicinity. Full Story

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