A 32-year-old musician in India, who suffered from a neurological disorder, played his guitar during his brain operation, a news report has revealed.
The musician’s condition was called musician dystonia that caused him to have cramps on three fingers on his left hand. As a result, he had to undergo a seven hour surgery at a city hospital last week which was successful, the Times of India report said.
According to the report, Tushar (name changed) said that the first time he experienced cramps while playing the guitar was more than a year and a half ago. The reason behind the musician’s dystonia is due to rigorous use that causes abnormal and involuntary flexion of the muscles.
During the surgery, Tushar strummed his guitar to help indicate to the surgeons which parts of the brain they should ‘burn’ that triggered the abnormal tremors in his muscles.
Indicate the location
A senior neurologist from the University of British Columbia, Dr. Sanjiv C C, said: “This problem occurred when he tried to play the instrument and real-time feedback was important for us to ascertain the exact location of the target to be repaired.”
Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgeon at Jain Institute of Movement Disorders and Stereotactic Neurosurgery Dr Sharan Srinivasan said: “This is a surgery where the part of the brain triggering abnormal tremors is destroyed by burning. Before the surgery, a special frame was fixed to his head with four screws going deep into the skull following which an MRI was conducted.”
Three coordinates of the brain’s target area, 8-9 cm deep in Tushar’s case as well as the entry point to the skull and the correct path that is ought to be followed during the surgery, were shown on the MRI images, said the report.
A 14-mm hole
“Based on these coordinates, a 14mm hole was drilled into the skull under local anaesthesia and a specialized electrode was passed into the brain following which it was stimulated to confirm the right location and prevent complications,” he said.
Tushar, cured now, said: “I was amazed to see my fingers improve magically on the operation table itself. By the end of the surgery, my fingers were 100% cured and I could move them like before. Within three days of surgery, I walked out of the hospital all set to play guitar again,” he said.