Woman Has Mass Removed 50 Years After Snake Bite
Calcified tissue took a while to develop
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2014 4:44 PM CDT
A Malayan pit viper.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It was a slowww reaction. When she was 14, a girl in Thailand got bit in the leg by a poisonous snake called the Malayan pit viper. A half-century later, she showed up at the doctor with a painful mass in that same leg, reports LiveScience, picking up on a writeup in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. Doctors first diagnosed the mass as calcific myonecrosis, the result of the venom destroying muscle tissue, when the woman was 66. Five years later, the still-growing mass actually came through her skin, and doctors surgically removed it without further complications. (Click to read about the discovery of a snake long thought extinct.)

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Sep 3, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
Good for the lady! Seems that the human body is not equipped to deal with such conditions on its own.
Butch Lemmon
Sep 1, 2014 10:32 PM CDT
It is good to know to leave snakes alone.
Jun 28, 2014 8:05 AM CDT
The only MASS that has to be REMOVED is the DUMOCRATS!! and that MASS has been there since that VENOM bite on JAN 20, 2009!! And it will. cause that.... When the DUMOCRATS LOSE & the REP WIN BIG on NOV 4, 2014!!!! CAUSE THESE LEGAL REGISTERED RESIDENT VOTERS KNOWS THAT..... America is worth fighting for, to ensure future generations enjoy the same opportunities we’ve had to gain an education, **GET A GOOD JOB**, start a family and live in peace, **UNHARRASSED BY A MEDDLING,CENTRALIZED MONOLITHIC GOVERNMENT IN TODAY'S USA***!!! ALSO.. Then in Nov. 08, 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!!!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! there ya go!!