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Man’s New Life Post Eight‐Pound Tumor Removal

The tumor doctors call the most extreme and complicated they’ve ever seen is finally gone from Lucas McCulley’s face. It took more than seven hours at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at Mount Sinai last Fall to remove the mass – the 25th operation McCulley has endured in his life. He was born with lymphangioma, a non‐cancerous congenital tumor on the right side of his face likely caused by a random genetic mutation. Gregory Levitin, MD, director of vascular birthmarks and malformations at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, performed the surgery last October. He called it the most challenging he’s ever seen. Dr. Levitin was able to remove 80 percent of the mass, but left behind a “shelf of tumor” that is holding up McCulley’s right eye. The most important aspect of the surgery is that McCulley is pain‐free now.

  • Gregory M. Levitin, MD, Senior Faculty, Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
  • Joseph Rousso, MD, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Facial Plastic Surgeon, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

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