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15 kg tumour removed from woman's uterus

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Surgeons spent more than three and a half hours removing the abnormal tissue growth from the 52-year-old during a challenging operation in the southern city of Chennai, reported by The Times of India.

They believe the tumour may have been growing inside the woman for more than 20 years before she arrived at hospital with profuse bleeding.

Tests showed the bleeding was caused by a large fibroid attached to the outer surface of the uterus which was pressing down and causing the bleeding.

Dr Mani Mekalai, who performed the surgery, said it weighed five times the normal weight of a healthy baby.

‘We were shocked at the scan reports because the fibroid was huge,’ she explained.

‘In medical parlance, this is called a super-giant uterine fibroid and the largest one removed before it in Africa weighed 9.6kg (21lbs).

‘From the sheer size of it, the tumour could have easily been there for more than 20 years.’

Dr Shivaumar, who also assisted in the surgery, said the team had to carefully ‘slice through and detach’ the tumour because it was attached to the small bowel and pressing on the uterus.

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