USA medical team removes one of world's biggest tumours

Alicia Farmer
May 4, 2018

The patient was also malnourished because the tumour was sitting on her digestive tract.

Doctors at Danbury Hospital in CT removed a 132-pound tumor from a 38 year old woman, the hospital announced Thursday. Dr. Andikyan, a board-certified gynecologic oncologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, gave the patient hope. After a five-hour surgery, Drs. The surgery, which took five hours to complete, was deemed a success. The patient went home just two weeks after her surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

"There were a lot of issues related to this very large tumor in the abdomen". For instance, cardiovascular experts were also present in her care team, as the almost 100-centimeter tumor was dangerously compressing major blood vessels, making her vulnerable to blood clots. This was done during the same operation in an effort to improve the outcome of both.

"During the surgery, we removed this very big tumour that originated from her left ovary".

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The patient was rushed into the OR where Andikyan and a team of two dozen doctors, nurses, and OR technicians worked side-by-side to remove the massive formation. She was discharged from the hospital a few days after the surgery.

Pathologists have been conducting genetic tests on the tumour to learn why it grew so quickly.

Ovarian mucinous tumours - so-named because they're filled with a mucus-like substance - constitute around 36 percent of all epithelial ovarian tumours.

The patient reported that the tumour began growing at a rate of about 10 pounds per week in November 2017. We were all determined to help our patient, even though this was the first time a case like this had come to Danbury Hospital. "She can't eat, she can't walk, and there are problems related to potential complications with this large mass compressing the venous system", said Dr. Linus Chuang, one of the specialists involved in the case.

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