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Doctors remove 40kg tumour from woman's abdomen

Update: October, 19/2015 - 17:30
Doctors had to removed the tumour along with 35 litres of fluid and three litres of blood. — Photo of the hospital

HCM CITY (VNS) — Doctors at the HCM City Tumour Hospital removed a 40kg tumour from a women's ovaries last Monday, Hospital Director Le Hoang Minh said.

The operation saved the life of the 49-year-old woman, who had abdominal pain, breathing difficulty and a swollen belly and legs, and had not been able to eat and walk by herself for nearly 10 years.

Dr Minh said the patient, then weighing 90kg, was hospitalised in an emaciated condition, with a 40kg tumour in her large abdomen.

Before surgery, the doctors removed fluid from the tumour and then examined her further. They removed the tumour along with 35 litres of fluid and three litres of blood.

"We examined and identified a tumour that occupied the entire ovary of the patient. The tumour blocked several abdominal organs, and surgery was the only way to save her," Dr Minh said.

To carry out the operation, the doctors consulted several doctors in other departments of the hospital to prepare the best plan for surgery and to also prepare for the worst possibilities that could occur, Minh said.

After the surgery, the patient was transferred to the intensive care room for further treatment. All costs for her surgery were borne by the hospital.

Test results showed the patient had ovarian cancer.

This was the largest ovarian tumour the hospital has ever dealt with, Dr Minh said.

The patient's relatives said her family was very poor and had no money to consult a doctor, and so she had to suffer pain for nearly 10 years. — VNS

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