Woman's Tumor So Big It Needs Genetic Testing

'Gigantic' ovarian mass weighed 132 pounds
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2018 7:31 AM CDT
The surgery took 5 hours.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It took five hours and more than 20 specialists, but a Connecticut woman is now free of 132 pounds—the weight of a 39-inch tumor on her left ovary. "I might expect to see a 25-pound ovarian tumor, but a 132-pound tumor is very rare," says Dr. Vaagn Andikyan of Danbury Hospital, where the operation took place on Feb. 14. His patient, a 38-year-old woman, had experienced sudden weight gain of about 10 pounds per week for two months and went to her OB/GYN, per Live Science. A CT scan then revealed a noncancerous tumor growing on her left ovary. Because the "mucinous" mass grew to sit on her digestive tract, the 350-pound patient was "extremely malnourished" ahead of surgery and "used a wheelchair because of the tumor's weight," Andikyan says.

The tumor itself was "gigantic," pushing up against blood vessels and putting the woman at risk of potentially fatal blood clots, doctors tell CNN. "She was so hopeless, because she had seen several other doctors, and they were unable to help her," Andikyan adds. The woman is now recovering well and back to work as a teacher after doctors removed the mass, her left ovary, left fallopian tube, and excess skin stretched by the tumor (see a pre-surgery image here). Reconstructive surgery was also required as the abdominal wall had been pushed out by the tumor. Describing the mass as one of the 10 biggest ever removed from a patient, Andikyan notes "we are doing genetic testing on it to determine if there is any mutation that caused it to grow as large as it was," per WCVB. (This 140-pound tumor started as an ingrown hair.)

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