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    132-Pound Tumor Removed From Woman's Abdomen
    Western Connecticut Health Network

    Danbury Hospital removed a 132-pound ovarian tumor from a woman and said she is home and is expected to make a full recovery.

    The 38-year-old woman was rapidly gaining weight at a rate of about 10 pounds a week and went to her gynecologist for medical attention.

    A CT scan revealed a large ovarian mass, according to a news release from Western Connecticut Health Network, and the woman’s gynecologist referred her to Western Connecticut Medical Group’s Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, a gynecologic oncologist.

    The tumor was benign and surgeons, physicians, and medical staff were able to remove what Western Connecticut Health Network said was one of the largest known ovarian tumors.

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    During the five-hour surgery, the team performed the tumor resection and abdominal reconstruction at the same time to reduce the number of surgeries for the patient and improve her outcome, according to the hospital group. They said the team successfully removed the tumor and the patient’s left ovary.

    “I might expect to see a 25-pound ovarian tumor, but a 132-pound tumor is very rare. When I met the patient, she was extremely malnourished because the tumor was sitting on her digestive tract, and she used a wheelchair because of the tumor’s weight. I wanted to help her, and I knew that we could at Danbury Hospital,” Dr. Andikyan said in a statement.

    The patient went home two weeks after her surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, according to hospital officials.