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article imageMassive tumor removed successfully from Spanish woman

By Anne Sewell     Dec 5, 2013 in Health
Torrevieja - A record 25 kilogram (55 pound) tumor was recently removed from a 47-year-old woman in Torrevieja, Spain. This is one of only five similar cases recorded in the world, although the next biggest was a mere 11.3 kilograms (25 pounds).
Torrevieja Hospital in eastern Spain told the media on Wednedsday that their surgeons had removed the giant benign 25 kilo tumor from the womb of a woman, performing a complete hysterectomy in the process.
The complex surgery was a challenge for the surgical team. Head of obstetrics and gynecology at the Torrevieja Hospital (Spanish language), Eduardo Cazorla, told the media in a statement that in his 20-year career he had never treated such a case. He said that the complexity of this type of intervention is very high, considering the particularity of the size of the tumor.
According to scientific publications, only five similar cases have been recorded worldwide of giant tumors, which are defined as being larger than 11.3 kilograms (25 pounds).
The surgery involved a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and a double oophorectomy (ovary and fallopian), which allowed the entire tumor to be removed in an operation that lasted two hours. There were no complications along the way, and the tumor was confirmed to be benign after its removal.
The woman was referred to the hospital by her family doctor after complaining of discomfort and weight gain in her torso. She was having problems with urination, along with bowel problems, difficulty sleeping, respiratory problems and discomfort when walking or trying to perform daily tasks.
She spent five days in hospital and twenty days' rest at home and is now completely recovered.
Referring to the giant cystic tumor itself, it measured 41 centimeters (16 inches) long - anyone wishing to see the actual tumor can view a photo on the ABC website (in Spanish).
According to the hospital the patient visits for regular gynecological examinations and there has been no sign of tumor recurrence.
While the statement was published on December 4, the hospital did not mention when the actual operation took place.
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