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article imageAustrian woman has 18-pound tumor removed from stomach

By Anne Sewell     Sep 6, 2014 in Health
Graz - An Austrian woman is recovering in hospital after having a tumor, weighing as much as a seven-month-old baby, removed from her stomach. The tumor had been growing inside the 75-year-old for several years before she realized it was there.
According to the medical team at the University Clinic in Graz, this was the biggest and heaviest tumor they had ever seen.
Maria Krammer has no idea that the tumor was growing inside her until recently, when she began to experience both severe pain and problems with her digestive system. She went to her doctor, who immediately recommended a CT scan.
The hospital diagnosed the huge tumor last week and Krammer was operated on three days later.
According to Dr. Gerhard Wolf of the University Clinic's surgery team, this was an exceptional case. He said they have removed tumors half the size in the past, but the fact that Krammer's stomach had concealed something the approximate size of a medicine ball for all that time is extremely unusual.
Dr. Wolf said that the fact that her abdominal organs had been moved and squashed by the tumor was a complicating factor.
“This was a really big operation, and we had a great sense of responsibility,” Dr. Wolf said.
Reportedly the operation to remove Krammer's tumor took two hours and the tumor is now being examined by the Institute of Pathology to try and ascertain why it became so large.
According to a press statement (German language) from the Graz clinic, doctors believe that by all indications, the tumor is benign. After a week in hospital, Krammer is already able to get out of bed and move around and she is hoping to return home in the coming week.
The surgical team at the Graz clinic apparently treat approximately 2,500 patients each year and around half of these are cancer patients, requiring surgery to remove the tumors.
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