An intelligent 78 year old gentleman who had only retired 3 years earlier, began to experience very slow deterioration in function over a 6 month period, with increasing sleepiness, reduced concentration and general disinterest in life and then more recently headaches and hallucinations. Two years prior he had lost all sense of taste and smell which in itself is not uncommon in the older generation.
He had already seen a consultant Geriatrician, with no specific diagnosis although he was referred for an MRI scan in the NHS with a 12 week wait. As the headaches and hallucinations suddenly started to get worse he arrived down from his home in Yorkshire to the Wellington Hospital for a private MRI scan. Next day, he was seen by a neurosurgeon, Mr Ian Sabin and diagnosed with a meningioma - a benign brain tumour over 8cm in diameter which had been very slowly growing in his frontal lobe right behind his eyes and nose. Due to the slow growth of the brain tumour the brain had been able to accommodate to a certain extent without effect on his daily function until recently.
Following a course of steroids to reduce the inflammation within the brain he was operated on at The Wellington Hospital. A complex 10-hour operation was performed through a 2-inch surgical incision along his eyebrow to remove the brain tumour. Following a 5-day hospital stay, including one night in intensive care, he was discharged with virtually full return of function (except his smell and taste, where prolonged nerve compression over a 2 year plus period had caused irreversible nerve damage). After a short stay with his daughter he is now back home in Yorkshire living independently with his wife. His wife and family are ecstatic to have their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather back home with a full return to his old personality and a positive future ahead.