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Surgeons Remove Tumor That Weighs As Much As A Person

Surgeons Remove Tumor That Weighs As Much As A Person

Dr. Andikyan assembled a team of almost 25 highly-skilled, caring clinical specialists to plan how to remove the tumor, including gynecologic oncologist Linus T. Chuang, MD, Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology for WCHN, plastic surgeon David Goldenberg, MD, Section Chief, Plastic Surgery Subsection at Danbury Hospital, and anesthesiologist Karl Kulikowski, MD, Vice Chairman, Department of Anesthesia, Medical Director, Operating Rooms, Department of Anesthesiology at Danbury Hospital.

"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.

On February 14 this year, it took the team, which included 12 surgeons, five hours to remove the tumour.

He described meeting the patient who was using a wheelchair and appeared extremely malnourished.

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The 38-year-old patient sought medical help when she ballooned in weight over just two months, averaging about 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) a week, starting in November last year. "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.

During a press interview, Dr. Andikyan confessed that this was the biggest ovarian cyst he ever saw in his entire career.

"During the surgery, we removed this big tumour that originated from her left ovary. It may be in the top 10 or 20 tumors of this size removed worldwide". "She was at very high risk of developing blood clots". Dr. Goldenberg removed excess skin that was stretched by the tumor and reconstructed the patient's abdomen. "So cardiology and the anesthesia team was able to adjust intraoperative management to support her heart and lungs to be able to continue with surgery", Andikyan said.

While ovarian cysts are typically small and may not cause symptoms, patients can experience pressure, bloating, swelling or pain in the lower abdomen.

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

The team chose to perform the tumor resection and abdominal reconstruction at the same time to reduce the number of surgeries for the patient and improve her outcome.

Ovarian tumors (abnormal masses) and cysts (sacs filled with air, fluid, or other material) are not uncommon among women of childbearing age - in fact, about 50 percent of women with irregular periods will have one, as will about 30 percent of women with regular periods.

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