Surgeons in India successfully remove world’s biggest uterine tumour (WARNING: Graphic photos)

Published: June 6, 2014

A scan of the world’s biggest uterine tumour, removed by surgeons in India. CEN News.


Surgeons in India have removed the biggest uterine tumour in the world.

The tumour weighed five times the normal weight of a healthy baby.

Doctors in the southern city of Chennai performed the complex surgery on a woman identified only as Latha, 52. She had been suffering from breathlessness and fatigue for several years but had no clue that a tumour weighing over 30 lbs was growing inside her.

One month ago, Latha arrived at Chennai’s Kumaran Hospitals with profuse bleeding and was severely anaemic. Doctors who ran tests on her found that there was a “large fibroid” attached to the outer surface of the uterus which was pressing down and causing the problems.

“We were shocked at the scan reports because the fibroid was huge. In medical parlance, this is called a super giant uterine fibroid and the largest one removed before it in Africa weighed 9.6 kilograms (21 lbs),” said Dr Mani Mekalai, head of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology who performed the surgery.

The symptoms are normally related to the location of the fibroid. Since this one was outside the uterus, the patient was unaware of its presence, she said. “From the sheer size of it, the tumour could have easily been there for more than 20 years,” she added.

The patient was taken for surgery within two days of her arrival and a team of four doctors performed the surgery and removed the tumour.

“The surgery which went on for three-and-a-half hours by itself was challenging as the fibroid, which takes blood supply to grow, had a lot of blood vessels attached to it. It was also stuck to the small bowel and omentum and was also pressing on the uterus. We had to carefully slice through and detach it,” said surgical gastroenterologist Dr. Shiva Kumar.

The doctors removed the uterus along with the fibroid, which was 21 inches in diameter, to prevent it from relapsing. The patient recovered after the surgery and has been discharged.

Dr. Mekalai explained that though uterine tumours were common in women, the fibroid that was removed recently was unusually large.

“Nearly 25 per cent of women in the reproductive group are susceptible to such fibroids and they usually come in multiples. High amounts of oestrogen can cause these tumours,” she added.

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Surgeons in India have removed the biggest uterine tumour in the world. CEN News.

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