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

Brittany Mendoza
May 5, 2018

A 38-year-old patient of the Danbury Hospital in CT was said to be extremely malnourished at 350 pounds and could no longer walk due to leg swelling as a result of the heavy weight of the tumor in her abdomen.

A medical team, including 12 surgeons, removed it in a five-hour procedure on February 14 at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, said Vaagn Andikyan, a gynaecologic oncologist for Western Connecticut Health Network and a lead surgeon on the case.

Rapid weight gain over two months - about 10 pounds a week - prompted the patient to seek medical attention from a gynecologist. A close examination revealed that the patient had a massive ovarian cyst, a benign tumor, which completely covered her digestive tract.

Evidently, the patient was suffering from a mucinous ovarian tumor, which is a type of tumor that makes up 15 percent of all ovarian tumors.

This was not the largest ovarian tumor ever removed.

The benign mucinous ovarian tumor was sitting on the 38-year-old woman's digestive tract. The 34-year-old patient had a multicystic ovarian mass that hit 137.4 kilograms (303.2 pounds).

"The abdomen was so pushed out that there were a lot of problems with the abdominal wall", he said.

According to Andikyan, the tumor became so heavy that the patient needed to use a wheelchair. I saw fear in the patient's eyes.

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One complication cropped up early: The patient's blood pressure dropped, and had to be stabilized.

"This patient was unable to walk", he said. She was discharged from the hospital a few days after the surgery.

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

Now, three months post-operation, the patient is well on her way to a full recovery.

A boring or sharp ache in the lower abdomen, bloating or a constant feeling of fullness are possible signs of a cyst.

The doctors also want to encourage women to see their physicians if they have any symptoms of an ovarian mass.

While the abnormally large tumor was noncancerous, it was risky due to its size and position, compressing nearby blood vessels, gynecologic oncologist Linus T. Chuang, MD, explains in a report from CNN.

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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