Health & Fitness

Surgeons removed this woman's 60 kilo ovarian tumour

It grew 4.5 kilograms a week.

By Elizabeth Narins

A 38-year-old American woman whose benign ovarian tumour grew 4.5 kilograms a week over the course of two months is expected to make a full recovery after doctors removed the 60 kilo mass from her abdomen on February 14, according to press release from Western Connecticut Health Network. It was one of the largest known ovarian tumours, the Thursday release noted.


"I might expect to see a 25-pound ovarian tumour, but a 132-pound tumour is very rare," said Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, M.D., a board-certified gynecologic oncologist at Western Connecticut Medical Group and assistant professor at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

The patient, a teacher who prefers to remain anonymous, initially went to her gynecologist with complaints of rapid weight gain. By the time she was treated, the placement of the tumour on her digestive tract had triggered malnourishment while the weight of it led her to rely on a wheelchair.

The five-hour surgery, which was conducted at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, involved a 25-person medical team including a gynecologic oncologist, plastic surgeon, anesthesiologist and a cardiologist, the latter because the tumour sat on a major blood vessel. In addition to extracting the mass, doctors removed the woman's left ovary and six pounds of excess tissue and skin stretched by the growth, before reconstructing her abdomen.


Danbury Hospital is still conducting tests to explain the rapid growth of the tumour, which was filled with a gelatin-like substance, Dr. Andikyan told CNN.

Meanwhile, the patient has already returned to work: she went home from the hospital just two weeks after her surgery with a good prognosis. Since her uterus and right ovary remain intact, she'll be able to have children if she'd like, according to CNN. What an inspiring story to tell your kids — just maybe not at bedtime.