A team of doctors in Connecticut removed a 132-pound mucinous ovarian tumor from a 38-year-old woman earlier this year. This makes it one of the largest operations on record of this type of tumor.
The woman, who chooses to remain anonymous, told Western Connecticut Health Network that she first noticed that something was wrong at the end of last year.
She was alarmed by the very rapid and sudden weight gain in her abdomen, she scheduled an appointment with her gynecologist. She was growing by about 10 pounds each week, and the gyno identified her tumor with a CT scan.
She was referred to Danbury Hospital, and she was operated in a five-hour surgery in February.
Lead surgeon Vaagn Andikyan, MD, a gynecologic oncologist at Danbury Hospital, said in a statement that he expected to see a 25-pound ovarian tumor, but a 132-pound tumor is very rare.
He said that the patient was very malnourished when he met her because the tumor was sitting on her digestive tract, and she had to use a wheelchair because of the tumor’s weight.
Dr. Andikyan and his team suspected that the tumor was benign, but the mass of the tumor made the surgery very challenging.
Linus Chuang, MD, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology for Western Connecticut Health Network explained to CNN that there were a lot of issues related to this extremely large tumor, as the woman couldn’t eat, couldn’t walk, and there were many potential complications.
However, although very complicated, the surgery was successful, and the medical team removed the tumor and reconstructed the skin on her abdomen that was stretched by the mass.
The woman was able to leave the hospital just two weeks later, and she is now back to work and feeling well.