Woman who looked pregnant with triplets has a 35kg tumor removed


A Chinese woman who reportedly looked pregnant with triplets had a 35kg tumour removed from her ovary.

Ms Huang, whose first name is not known, had been struggling to breathe because of the huge mass, local media reports.

The 59-year-old was reluctant to go to hospital when the mass began to grow but in the end she had little choice but to seek help. 

The liquid-filled growth, called a benign ovarian mucinous cystadenoma, took over her whole abdominal cavity. It blocked her organs, including the liver, spleen and kidneys, on medical scans. 

She was treated at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University in Heilongjiang, north east China. 

Surgeons removed 33 litres of mucinous fluid, which is thick and brown but not harmful, from Ms Huan's ovarian tumour. They also cut out a sac weighing 2kg, totalling the weight to 35kg.

Professor Li Peiling, of the hospital's obstetrics and gynaecology department, said: 'I've been a doctor for 38 years, and I've seen many large tumours, but I'd never seen one like this before.

'Scans showed a giant growth occupying her entire pelvic cavity. Her other organs - liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys - none could be seen.

'She was as thin as a stick, but her belly was very big, as if she were pregnant with twins or triplets.' 

Ms Huang, from the city of Shuangyashan in Heilongjiang, said: 'I couldn't lie flat to sleep. I had to sit up with a pillow behind my back.' 

According to her daughter, the tumour was allowed to grow because her mother refused to seek medical attention when they first noticed her stomach beginning to swell.

She said: 'At first her belly bulged a bit, but she said it was just air and didn't want to go to a hospital.

'She only agreed to go after she started having trouble breathing.'

When family members took Ms Huang to hospital they refused to treat her 'bursting' belly. It is unclear why. 

They eventually were seen by Professor Li and colleagues who were stunned by initial scans. 

Professor Li and her colleague Jiang Jing spent 90 minutes operating on Ms Huang, taking some 33 litres of fluids from her ovarian tumour.

The encompassing sac, weighing 4.4lbs, was then surgically removed from her abdomen.

According to the hospital, Ms Huang spent 24 hours in intensive care before being transferred to the general ward. She is continuing her recovery at the facility.

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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