Saturday, May 05, 2018

A very large tumor

That's a photo of an ovarian mucinous tumor that weighed 132 pounds and stretched the patient's abdomen into a 3-foot-wide orb. The bigger it got, the faster it grew. And it was growing by 10 pounds a week when she was operated on. The patient, who was only 38 years old, could no longer walk. And because the tumor was increasing the pressure on her digestive tract, she was malnourished and growing weaker everyday. The tumor was not malignant, all of it is gone, and there is not a large chance that it will come back.

There have been larger ovarian tumors, one reached 303 pounds before  it was resected in 1994.