Connecticut Woman Gets 132-Pound Ovarian Tumor Removed In 5-Hour Surgery

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A 132-pound ovarian tumor was successfully removed from a woman after a five-hour surgery at a hospital in CT.

"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. His patient, a 38-year-old woman, had experienced sudden weight gain of about 10 pounds per week for two months and went to her OB/GYN, per Live Science. It was because of this that the patient sought medical attention from a gynecologist, and a computed tomography (CT) scan revealed the mass to be a large ovarian tumor that was already sitting on her digestive tract. When I met the patient, she was extremely malnourished because the tumor was sitting on her digestive tract, and she used a wheelchair because of the tumor's weight. Most mucinous tumors (about 80 percent) are benign, and about 83 percent of mucinous tumors that are cancerous are diagnosed while they are stage I. These tumors tend to be larger than other tumors, but this tumor was one of the largest ever removed.

A lifesaving surgery to remove one of the largest known ovarian tumors was performed at Danbury Hospital, a nationally recognized community hospital that is part of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). The 34-year-old patient had a multicystic ovarian mass that hit 137.4 kilograms (303.2 pounds). I saw fear in the patient's eyes.

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. "I've seen leg swelling, but I've never seen leg swelling of this magnitude", he added.

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One complication cropped up early: The patient's blood pressure dropped, and had to be stabilized. "We removed her left ovary, her left (fallopian) tube, and we removed the affected peritoneal tissue that was adhering to the ovary", Andikyan told CNN. "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".

Three months since the surgery, the patient is recovering well and has returned to work as a teacher.

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

It's important to talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms of an ovarian mass: bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; trouble eating or feeling full quickly; feeling the need to urinate urgently or often. It was putting pressure on her major blood vessels, which complicated an already hard five-hour surgery.

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