Woman has 60kg tumour removed from abdomen

Pearl Mccarthy
May 5, 2018

In November, a 38-year-old CT woman went to see her gynecologist after experiencing a rapid, unexplained weight gain of about 10 pounds a week for the past two months.

The patient, who has remained anonymous, said the tumor started growing in November, gaining 10 pounds a week.

The tumor was removed in a single surgery that lasted five hours and required the expertise of almost 25 highly skilled specialists. A close examination revealed that the patient had a massive ovarian cyst, a benign tumor, which completely covered her digestive tract.

The tumour originated in the woman's left ovary and affected the peritoneal tissue adhering to the ovary, CNN reported. It's called "mucinous" because the tumor cells produce a gelatinlike substance.

The tumor is one of the largest known ovarian tumors ever operated on. "It may be in the top 10 or 20 tumors of this size removed worldwide".

Dr. Linus Chuang, the chairman of obstetrics and gynecology for Western Connecticut Health Network who also worked on the case, told CNN the tumor itself was benign. It was putting pressure on her major blood vessels, which complicated an already hard five-hour surgery. She was also at a very high risk of developing blood clots.

By the time oncologist Vaagn Andikyan examined the 38-year-old woman, she could no longer walk.

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Danbury Hospital's Intensive Care Unit and Inpatient Rehabilitation helped the patient to convalesce safely and quickly, and social workers helped the patient and her family to navigate her care plan.

Now, three months post-operation, the patient is well on her way to a full recovery. To minimize the number of surgeries and reduce complications, doctors planned to cut out the tumor, then immediately perform an abdominal reconstruction, removing extra skin stretched by the mass and giving the patient a normal-looking midsection.

"The abdomen was so pushed out that there were a lot of problems with the abdominal wall", Chuang explained to CNN.

According to Dr. Andikyan, the surgery was uneventful. While the tumor was not cancerous, it was a threat to the patient's life due to other reasons.

"Luckily, she did not require any additional treatment". As the doctors were able to save most of her reproductive organs, she also still has the option of having more children.

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 34-year-old patient had a multicystic ovarian mass that hit 137.4 kilograms (303.2 pounds).

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