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A tumour weighing as much as a teenager is removed from a woman's abdomen by doctors in the US, who say she will recover fully.

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The woman had noticed herself rapidly gaining weight. Pic: Danbury Hospital

A woman has had a 132-pound (60kg) tumour removed from her abdomen by doctors in the US.

The 38-year-old had been gaining weight at a rate of about 10 pounds a week for two months before she first went to her doctor seeking help.

She was malnourished because part of the ovarian tumour was on her digestive tract and she used a wheelchair because of the weight and the swelling in her legs. It was also on a major blood vessel, prompting fears for her heart.

Dr Vaagn Andikyan assembled the 25 highly-skilled clinical specialists to plan the tumour's removal at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut in February.

He said: "I might expect to see a 25-pound ovarian tumour, but a 132-pound tumour is very rare.

"When I met the patient, she was extremely malnourished because the tumour was sitting on her digestive tract, and she used a wheelchair because of the tumour's weight."

Dr Karl Kulikowski, vice chairman of the hospital's anaesthesia department, said that the team had practised different surgery scenarios to prepare.

Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/woman-has-60kg-tumour-removed-from-abdomen-11359087

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