Doctors remove 61-lb giant tumor from woman's uterus

Rodolfo Vieira
Sep 11, 2018
09:11 A.M.
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A team of doctors from Singapore was able to remove a 61 lbs. tumor from a 53-year-old woman's abdomen, which distorted and enlarged her uterus.


The woman's identity is yet to be revealed, but she was unlucky enough to be diagnosed with the so-called giant uterine fibroid, something that is very rarely found by doctors.

The case was published in the journal BMJ Case Reports and the case was led by Dr. Poh Ting Lim, an OB-GYN resident at KK Women's and Children's Hospital in Singapore.

According to Live Science, Fibroids, also known as 'uterine leiomyomas,' are benign tumors of the uterus and they may be as small as a seed or become massive and bulky. Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.

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While fibroids usually don't cause symptoms, they can appear in the form of excessive bleeding during menstruation, frequent uniration, pain during intercourse or a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen.



In this case, the 53-year-old sought medical assistance after the tumor in her abdomen made it difficult for her to walk around. Normally, a fibroid is described as 'giant' when it weighs at least 25 lbs. but hers more than doubled that number.

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In order to remove the large tumor, doctors had to perform an abdominal hysterectomy, during which the woman's uterus and ovaries were removed.


The source reported that the fibroid was around the same size as a large squash and occupied the 53-year-old's entire abdominal and pelvic cavity.


These rare forms of tumors, those that grow way beyond their normal size, can appear on both human and animals, just like it did to Pinto, a small dog from Orlando, Florida.


Pinto is currently looking for a family to adopt him after spending a lot of time in a kill shelter and not being chosen due to the grapefruit-sized brain tumor that can be seen on his head.

The Mr. Mo Project, which helps senior dogs in need of love, has offered to cover all of Pinto's expenses in order to prolong his life and give him another chance to be happy.

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