Doctors from a Connecticut hospital have revealed that they recently removed one of the world’s largest tumours from a woman. The patient in question, who asked to remain anonymous, came to doctors this year complaining about an odd growth in her abdomen that had begun in November. The growth was expanding at a shocking rate of 10 pounds a day. Dr Andikyan, a gynaecologist at the hospital, spoke to reporters to explain the situation:
“During the surgery, we removed this gigantic tumor that originated from her left ovary. We removed her left ovary, her left (fallopian) tube, and we removed the affected peritoneal tissue that was adhering to the ovary.
“Ovarian mucinous tumors tend to be big. But tumors this big are exceedingly rare in the literature. It may be in the top 10 or 20 tumors of this size removed worldwide.”
A 132-pound ovarian tumor was removed from a 38-year-old Connecticut woman this year during a five-hour surgery, according to two doctors involved in the case https://t.co/b3wtXCYZS5— CNN International (@cnni) May 5, 2018
Luckily the tumour was non-cancerous, which means it hadn’t begun to spread and infect cells outside of her uterus. However, it still posed a threat to her life given its sheer size and weight. It compressed blood vessels and caused circulation problems, prevented her from eating and drinking, and it also made movement extremely difficult. Dr Chuang, a department chairman at the hospital, also spoke of these difficulties, saying:
“There were a lot of issues related to this very large tumor in the abdomen. She can't eat, she can't walk, and there are problems related to potential complications with this large mass compressing the venous system. She was at very high risk of developing blood clots because of compression of the blood flow.”
During the operation doctors not only removed the 132-pound tumour but they also removed 6 pounds of excess skin and abdominal wall that had grown to accommodate the tumour. They also had to consult plastic surgeons for help on how to reconstruct the woman’s abdominal cavity since it had been so badly deformed by the tumour.
“The abdomen was so pushed out that there were a lot of problems with the abdominal wall,” said Dr Chuang. “So Dr. Andikyan had to consult a plastic surgeon to do reconstructive surgery afterwards.”
Meanwhile Dr Andikyan spoke of how shocking the case was, even for an experienced doctor:
“When I first walked into the examination room, I found this 38-year-old malnourished patient with a weight of 350 pounds and extensive tumor that was about 100 centimetres large. I saw fear in the patient's eyes.
“She was so hopeless, because she had seen several other doctors, and they were unable to help her. Her legs were so swollen that she was unable to walk. I've seen leg swelling, but I've never seen leg swelling of this magnitude.”