Doctors Remove 132-Pound Tumor From Patient's Abdomen

Doctors Remove 132-Pound Tumor From Patient's Abdomen

A woman in CT is now in recovery after doctors removed a 132-pound ovarian tumor from her at the Danbury Hospital in a single surgery.

"I might expect to see a 25-pound [11-kilogram] ovarian tumor, but a 132-pound [60-kilogram] tumor is very rare", Dr Andikyan said in a statement. The patient first sought medical help after she began to rapidly gain weight at a rate of almost 10 pounds a week, Danbury Hospital reported in a statement.

There have been larger ovarian mucinous tumors, including a 303-pound mass that left a woman bedridden before it was resected in 1994, but the doctors at Danbury had only read about a handful of such extreme cases in medical journals.

When the patient first met with the doctors at Danbury Hospital, she was severely malnourished and could not walk due to leg swelling and the weight of the tumor.

She diagnosed with a mucinous ovarian tumor, a unique kind of epithelial tumor that is filled with mucous and accounts for 15 percent of all ovarian tumors.

In fact, Andikyan said her outlook is excellent: The tumor was not malignant, all of it is gone, and there is not a large chance that it will come back.

The 132-pound ovarian mass is now known as one of the largest ovarian tumors in the world, Tech Times reports.

Andikyan said the tumor blocking the digestive tract resulted in the patient becoming extremely malnourished.

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The removal, performed in one go in February at Connecticut's Danbury Hospital, took two weeks to plan due to its scale and proximity to nearly all of her vital organs.

"This patient was unable to walk", he said.

One complication cropped up early: The patient's blood pressure dropped, and had to be stabilized. She was discharged from the hospital a few days after the surgery. "As of right now, she's not interested in having more children, but she wanted to have the opportunity, and we were very careful to avoid damage to underlying reproductive organs".

"Luckily, she did not require any additional treatment".

The doctors also want to encourage women to see their physicians if they have any symptoms of an ovarian mass. It was putting pressure on her major blood vessels, which complicated an already hard five-hour surgery.

A tiresome or sharp ache in the lower abdomen, bloating or a constant feeling of fullness are possible signs of a cyst.

"If there's any complaining about stomach fullness or discomfort or indigestion, it's really important to bring it to the attention of your doctor or health care provider", Chuang said. In addition, women who have experienced a pelvic infection or previous ovarian cyst are also more likely to develop one.

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