AIIMS doctors remove 17kg tumour from woman’s abdomen

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A 30-year-old woman has lost one-fourth of her total body weight after a 17-kg ovarian tumour was removed from her abdomen. After surgery, Noonwati Devi’s fell from 60.5 to 43 kg.

The tumour weighed almost three times as much as the one recorded in the Limca Book of Records, which weighed 6.1 kg.

The woman, who lives in the Banka district of Bihar, was brought to AIIMS in December last year after she was found to have a rapidly growing tumour in her abdomen nine months ago.

“For months, she had problems breathing and eating, difficulty urinating and passing and abdominal pain and discomfort. A doctor in Bhagalpur removed cysts in the ovary in December 2013 and referred my wife for chemotherapy in Patna. When the tumour kept growing after three cycles of chemotherapy, I came to AIIMS on the advice of a friend,” said Umesh Das, Devi’s husband, who is a migrant labourer.

A CT Scan done at AIIMs showed a huge abdomino-pelvic mass originating from right adnexal region (ovarian origin). “The uterus and the urinary bladder cannot be seen separately. Her diagnosis was made as ovarian growing teratoma syndrome and the only treatment was surgery,” said Dr M D Ray, department of surgical oncology, AIIMS.

On February 26, the tumour was removed in a surgery that took more than eight hours. The histopathology report to determine whether the tumour is cancerous (malignant) will be available in a week.

“In such cases, 3 to 7% tumours are cancerous. We had to remove major part of urinary bladder, a portion of large bowel along with the tumour. We also removed all the scattered deposits to ensure it doesn’t grow back. The reconstruction of the urinary bladder was done using the small intestine,” said Dr Ray.

“In such cases, survival chances are 90% for five years and 60% for 10 years,” he said.

Since her ovaries have been removed, Devi will also be treated using hormonal-replacement therapy at AIIMS.

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