‘I thought she had a full bladder’: Doctor’s unusual abdominal finding leads to rare cancer diagnosis

Dr Robert Schmidli initially suspected a thyroidectomy gone wrong.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Robert Schmidli.

In 2004, Dr Robert Schmidli was in his first year as a staff specialist at Canberra Hospital when he uncovered a patient’s rare ovarian tumour.

His 65-year-old patient had postoperative hypocalcaemia and had been taking levothyroxine following a thyroidectomy in 1989.