Chennai: In a rare case of ‘fibromyoma’ (uterine fibre), a 5.5-kilogram tumour was removed from the uterus of a 50-year-old woman by doctors at VHS Multispeciality hospital here in Chennai.
The woman, a domestic worker, was past her menopause stage when she noticed her belly growing in size.
Doctors at VHS hospital recall that she looked like a ‘full-term pregnant woman’.
“Benign fibromyoma is one of the most common tumours in the reproductive age group. However, the peculiar thing about this case was that the patient was past reproductive age and complained of no pain or symptoms. It was by chance that she was diagnosed for fibromyoma”, says Dr S.Janaki, Head of Department, ONG and Director, Clinical and Academics who headed the surgery along with her team.
Clinical examination revealed that a huge mass was rising from the patient's pelvis. In order to remove the tumour, the doctors had to perform ‘total abdominal hysterectomy’ with bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy. The patient is now doing well post-surgery, doctors said.
“It is important that all women above 30 years of age visit a gynaecologist and get a check-up at least once a year. This way we can detect any uterine problems in the benign stage itself”, says Dr S.Janaki....