Neurosurgery ‘First’ performed at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Ian Kamaly, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital, and his team, recently performed
the first operation in the UK in a child under 12 using a medicine
called 5-ALA. This causes a brain tumour to fluoresce under an
ultraviolet light viewed in a microscope.
It allowed the team to
completely remove a tumour in a five year old, which had not been
possible in two previous operations because of its proximity to
eloquent parts of their brain. The child was very well post
operation, with no damage to their brain or neurological deficits.
Operations to remove brain tumours usually take many hours and
feedback from families is that the wait is the most anxious time of
their lives, especially if the operation takes longer than
To try and help alleviate this stress the neurosurgical team
have introduced telephone updates every 1-2 hours, directly from
the operating room to families' mobile phones or hospital phones.
They also now call to let them know when the child is leaving
Theatre. This simple initiative has improved the experience of
these families significantly.