Doctors in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai have removed a 4.5kg tumor from the abdomen of a local woman as the 61-year-old suffered from carrying the enormous round mass under her belly.
The successful surgery was confirmed by Dong Nai General Hospital on Thursday.
N.T.L.T., 61, living in Dong Nai’s Tan Phu District, was hospitalized in a state of fatigue, hard breathing, and bloated abdomen as if she was a woman in the eighth month of pregnancy.
Through an ultrasound and CT scan, doctors discovered a huge tumor of more than 4.5kg, suspected as an ovarian tumor, in the patient’s abdominal region.
The large tumor caused pressure, kidney failure, eating difficulty, fatigue and exhaustion.
The hospital sought consultancy from infirmaries at higher levels before coming to the decision to remove the tumor from the patient, Doctor Le Duc Nhan, head of oncology department of Dong Nai General Hospital, said.
The operation team included doctors from the departments of oncology and general surgery.
The surgery was a challenge due to the large size of the tumor, which adhered to the intestines and ureters while affecting the kidneys and some other parts of the body.
The operation had lasted more than three hours after the doctors successfully took the tumor out.
Afterwards, the doctors also took a sample of cells from the tumor to test whether it is a benign or malignant tumor for appropriate postoperative care.
Doctor Nhan said that T. was one of the cases with the largest tumor that his department has ever treated.
The patient could be prone to more dangerous situations unless the tumor is removed as soon as possible.
The patient is now in good health and of sound mind, Doctor Nhan said, adding that the woman will continue being monitored at his department.