Doctors in Vietnam have successfully removed a rare abdominal tumor, having a diameter of 30 centimeters and a weight of up to three kilograms, from a 58-year-old woman.
The patient was N.T.D., a resident of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, who was hospitalized on Monday with severe pains above the belly button and under the right rib cage, Nguyen Van Nguu, director of Cai Lay Regional General Hospital, said on Tuesday.
After conducting essential subclinical tests, doctors found a large-sized tumor which was supposed to be a rare mesenteric tumor occupying roughly a half of the abdomen of the patient.
Due to her critical condition, they quickly discussed and carried out an operation to remove the tumor.
Since the huge tumor had encroached on numerous organs, surgeons had to cut parts of the pancreas and the spleen to bring the tumor out of her body.
After the surgery, the woman has presented positive signs of recovery and resumed normal activities under the supervision of health experts.
A mesenteric tumor is a rare disease which happens to one out of every 27,000 or 100,000 people, according to doctors.
Mesenteric tumors can be found at any age, especially people from 20 to 40 years old, with women facing a higher risk than men.
Patients with mesenteric tumors often show a number of symptoms such as mild abdominal pain, digestive disorders, and pain radiating through the shoulder and spine, or fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, and anemia in patients with acute tumors.