"I might expect to see a 25-pound ovarian tumor, but a 132-pound tumor is very rare", Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, a board-certified gynecologic oncologist at Western Connecticut Medical Group and assistant professor at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, said in a statement.
When the patient first met with the doctors at Danbury Hospital, she was severely malnourished and could not walk due to leg swelling and the weight of the tumor.
Evidently, the tumor's growth was rather quick, as the patient experienced a rapid weight gain of about 10 pounds per week since November 2017.
The patient was rushed into the OR where Andikyan and a team of two dozen doctors, nurses, and OR technicians worked side-by-side to remove the massive formation.
This type of growth is known as a mucinous ovarian tumor. Her doctor did a CT scan and discovered that the patient, who has chosen to remain anonymous, had an enormous mass on her left ovary. "It may be in the top 10 or 20 tumors of this size removed worldwide". For one, cardiovascular health experts were present, as the close to 100-centimeter tumor was already dangerously smashing down on major blood vessels, making the patient vulnerable to blood clots.
The patient's care team suspected that the tumor, which occupied the patient's entire abdomen, was benign; however, they could not be sure without conducting further tests. Dr. Goldenberg removed excess skin that was stretched by the tumor and reconstructed the patient's abdomen.
"I wanted to help her, and I knew that we could at Danbury Hospital", Andikyan said. She was discharged from the hospital a few days after the surgery. She was discharged two weeks after her February 14 surgery, and now, three months later, she's back at work and doing well. Those may include abdominal or pelvic pain, bloating, feeling the need to urinate often, and menstrual changes not related to menopause, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. "She's back to a normal life, she's back to work, and when I saw her in my office, I saw smiles, I saw hope, and I saw a happy woman who is back to her normal life and her family", Andikyan added. If you have these symptoms for more than two weeks, you should see your doctor.
Most ovarian cysts are benign and go away on their own without treatment.