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'Gigantic' 132-pound tumor removed from Connecticut woman's ovary

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A Connecticut woman is making a full recovery after doctors removed a 132-pound tumor from one of her ovaries, her medical team reported this week.

Surgeons, physicians, and medical staff at Danbury Hospital, part of Western Connecticut Health Network, cut the massive tumor out of a 38-year-old woman in a single surgery.  

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous, told Vaagn Andikyan, a gynecologic oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, she had been in pain for several months. In the two months before seeing him, the tumor had grown rapidly — about 10 pounds each week, leaving the working mom unable to walk and wheelchair-bound. 

The tumor made her appear overweight, but she actually was malnourished because it was sitting on her digestive tract, Andikyan said. The doctor had never seen a tumor of this size. 

She was “desperate” for help, he said. 

He assembled a team of 25 clinical specialists, including gynecologic oncologist Linus T. Chuang, who removed the tumor, the patient’s left ovary, six pounds of extra skin caused from the tumor, and reshaped the woman’s abdomen within a five-hour surgery in February. 

Miraculously, the woman went home two weeks following the surgery and is making a full recovery. 

Andikyan believes this case is one of the largest tumors ever removed worldwide. After the tumor, skin and fluids were removed, the patient was about 185 pounds lighter.

“Four weeks after surgery, my front desk office was shocked. They looked at her name three times and they weren’t sure it was the same patient,” Andikyan told USA TODAY. “The patient herself said when she went back to work, they didn’t recognize her.”

The surgery was so successful, Andikyan said, that if the woman wanted to have another child, she could. 

It’s unknown what caused the tumor to grow so large. John Martignetti, network director of the Laboratory for Translational Research at the WCHN Biomedical Research Institute, is currently studying the tumor in search of answers. 

More: Mom has foot amputated after discovering tumor during pedicure

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