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A 28-year-old woman was recently operated upon to remove a kidney tumour weighing 5.5 kg, which she had been carrying for over two years. Sources at the Sion hospital, where the operation was conducted, said the size and weight of the tumour could make it the largest to be removed from a person’s renal area globally.
Manju Devi, from Darbhanga in Bihar, was diagnosed with a tumour so large it weighed 39 times more than a normal kidney.
“She developed a tumour four years ago, but it never created any problem.
The doctor had told us not to undergo a surgery as it may affect her health,” said husband Ganesh Sasi, a construction worker.
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In the past three years, her tumour gradually grew to take up the space of her right kidney, compressed her liver and half of her abdomen.
The lump also became visible in her abdomen but since it was painless, she never suspected anything amiss.
“I would only have pain while urination. In the last few months, the lump grew bigger. That is when we got worried,” Manju said. Her husband took her to private and public hospitals in Bihar, spending over Rs 30,000.
“No one was ready to operate. They said it may get life-threatening,” Sasi said.
The couple visited Sion hospital this month, where doctors advised them to remove the tumour after conducting a CT scan. The scan shows a huge mass taking most of the space in her abdomen.
“We suspect that the tumour may be malign but results of tests to confirm it are still awaited,” said urologist Dr Ajit Sawant.
According to him, a few years ago a renal tumour weighing 5.02 kg was removed from a patient, which is known as the largest in medical history. Manju’s tumour measured 31 by 19 cm and weighed 5.5 kg. A normal kidney weighs only 110 to 140 grams.
“Her tumour was so big, we had to make an incision from the chest till the bladder to remove the mass,” Sawant said. In an eight hour long procedure conducted by four doctors, the huge lump of tumour cells was removed on November 7. She was later put on ventilator support and is now about to get discharged in three days.
“If a tumour is malignant, it can be life-threatening for the patient. We don’t know how she was able to live with it for so long,” Sawant added.
According to Sasi, the tumour developed after the birth of their first child, who is four-and-a-half years old.
The couple hails from a village and are both uneducated. To them, the tumour was just a lump in her abdomen.
The patient has now been counselled to regularly undergo tests to check if the tumour is recurring.