Danbury, Connecticut, USA: Doctors at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, say they removed a 132 lbs (60 kg) ovarian tumor from a 38-year-old woman’s abdomen, and she is expected to recover fully.
The benign mucinous ovarian tumor was diagnosed after the woman reported rapid weight gain of about 4.5kg per week over a two-month period prompted the patient to seek medical attention from a gynecologist. A computed tomography (CT) scan revealed a large ovarian mass. Her gynecologist referred her to Western Connecticut Medical Group’s Vaagn Andikyan, MD. Dr. Andikyan, a board-certified gynecologic oncologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.
The doctors at Danbury Hospital, community hospital that is part of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), announced Thursday that the five-hour surgery was completed successfully after extensive planning by a team of 25 clinical specialists, surgeons, physicians, and medical staff.
The removal was done in a single surgery.
“I might expect to see a 25-pound ovarian tumor, but a 132-pound tumor is very rare. When I met the patient, she was extremely malnourished because the tumor was sitting on her digestive tract, and she used a wheelchair because of the tumor’s weight. I wanted to help her, and I knew that we could at Danbury Hospital,” said Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, MD.
Andikyan and two dozen other performed the operation which took two weeks to plan.
The team removed the ovarian tumor and reconstructed the abdomen at the same time to reduce the number of surgeries for the patient and improve her outcome. Doctors were also able to leave the woman’s other ovary. They removed excess skin that was stretched by the tumor and reconstructed the patient’s abdomen.
Danbury Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Inpatient Rehabilitation helped the patient to convalesce safely and quickly, and social workers helped the patient and her family to navigate her care plan.
The woman was able to go home after two weeks in the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Hospital officials said she has returned to a healthy weight.
The tumour was benign, but because it was sitting on a major blood vessel doctors say they were concerned about the patient’s heart. The patient was also malnourished because the tumour was sitting on her digestive tract.
Pathologists have been conducting genetic tests on the tumour to learn why it grew so quickly.
A “mucinous” ovarian tumor is a type of epithelial ovarian tumor, meaning that it grows from the cells that cover the outside of the ovaries, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, NOCC. Most tumors that grow from these cells are noncancerous; however, in cases where these types of tumors are cancerous, they are very dangerous, as they are often not diagnosed until the disease is advanced, NOCC says.