The unnamed 57-year-old Brazilian was already overweight before the tumor started growing. But she finally visited the doctor because of her expanding 52inch (132cm) waistline and an ultrasound revealed the huge mass tumor inside her ovary, 16.5inch by 15.7inch by 11inch (42cm by 40cm by 28cm) -according to the Journal of Medical Case Reports, which published her story.
Dr Jonathan Herman, obstetric surgeon at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York told the Lmucus-filled ovarian cysts, known as mucinous cystadenomas, which are common among women aged 30 to 50, and the majority are start and vanish without treatment. A few will continue to grow until they remove.
Herman said: ‘When you cut it open, mucus just comes pouring out. Mucus is very heavy, so they grow to a large size.’
The woman’s operation happened in 2003. But reports are published only now. The surgeons also removed part of her fallopian tubes, uterus and lymph nodes. After the operation, she was treated with chemotherapy because the tumor was showing signs of cancer.
Now after ten years, the patient is healthy and the tumor is showing no signs of re-growth.