Woman gives birth to gigantic tumour
A 60kg ovarian tumour has been successfully removed from a 38-year-old woman, US doctors report.
A team of 12 surgeons were involved in the five-hour resection of the benign mass.
The patient first came to the attention of doctors in November when she reported that the tumour was growing at a rate of about 4.5kg a month.
In a statement, her oncologist, Dr Vaagn Andikyan, said she was “extremely malnourished” because the tumour was sitting on top of her digestive tract.
She was also confined to a wheelchair.
“This is extremely rare,” Dr Andikyan said of the mucinous ovarian tumour , adding that it was “caught just in time”.
“I’m not sure she would have survived in a week or two.”
The team chose to perform the tumour resection and abdominal reconstruction concurrently to reduce the number of surgeries for the patient and improve her outcomes.