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The medical experts of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences successfully removed a fist sized Encephalocele from a 13 year old Tribal boy, Manikandan. Encephlocele is a condition the brain matter oozes out of gap present in the skull and forms a sac-like structure.

"It was a complex surgery. Manikandan's encephlocele was very large which had pushed the bone of his right eye outwards. For surgery, his skull was opened and the normal brain isolated from the sac of non-functioning brain matter hanging from his face. The removal of the deformity left a defect in the skull, a portion of which had to be reconstructed," said Dr. Subramania Iyer, Head, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.