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Ho Chi Minh City doctors remove 2.6kg tumor from woman’s pleural cavity

Ho Chi Minh City doctors remove 2.6kg tumor from woman’s pleural cavity

Sunday, October 02, 2016, 10:50 GMT+7

Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City have succeeded in removing a giant tumor from the pleural cavity of a female patient.

Practitioners at the University Medical Center in the southern hub performed a surgery on a 39-year-old woman to remove a 2.6 kilogram tumor from her pleural cavity, said Tran Thanh Vy, head of the infirmary’s vascular and thoracic department.

The patient was hospitalized on Tuesday last week after she experienced pain in her stomach and pressure on her left chest.

Her CT scan result showed a giant tumor in the left side of her pleural cavity, pressing her heart, blood pressure, and airway.

After thorough consultation, doctors decided to cut off the patient’s sixth rib to remove her tumor.

Following the operation, the woman’s health condition began to stabilize as her internal organs returned to their normal positions.

“The patient’s pleural cavity has a volume of three liters and is able to withstand a mass of up to three kilograms. She would only live for a few more months if the tumor had not been removed urgently,” Dr. Vy was quoted by Dan Tri newswire as saying.

She recommended that people seek for professional help when suffering chronic coughing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing as they could potentially have a tumor in their pleural cavity.

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