A surgical medical team at Al-Hadba Al-Khadra Hospital in Tripoli has successfully removed a rare tumor (myxoma) from the heart of a patient in her 30s.
The hospital's general director, Muhammad Al-Rajhi, explained that immediate surgical intervention was necessary to save the patient's life and prevent complications from the mass.
The Ministry of Health noted that this type of tumor can obstruct normal blood flow in the heart, leading to sudden death and even brain strokes if small parts of the tumor travel to the brain. This can result in permanent coma or paralysis for the patient, according to the ministry's bulletin.
The operation marks the second surgery that the hospital has performed within four days to remove a myxoma tumor from a patient's left atrium.
Dr. Ibrahim Zubaida, a consultant cardiovascular surgeon, and his team oversaw both operations.