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You’re looking at this object and thinking one thing: that’s not good.
At a glance, it’s hard to tell exactly what it is. To be honest, even if you gave me an hour without context, I still wouldn’t know. It’s just bad. This thing should not be inside your body.
It shouldn’t be outside your body. It shouldn’t be anywhere. This big ball should be deleted forever.
What you’re looking at is a 50-pound ovarian cyst, which was recently removed from a woman’s abdomen in Alabama, US.
It all started when 30-year-old Kayla Rahn, from Montgomery, started experiencing abdominal pain and shortness of breath, before gaining a massive amount of weight despite numerous attempts to lose it. At one point, a stranger asked if she was pregnant with twins.
I couldn’t even walk to my car without losing my breath.
After a while, with the pain becoming unbearable, Rahn’s mum took her to the Jackson Hospital emergency room in Montgomery.
It was there tests revealed the source of her trouble was in a fact a giant ovarian cyst.
The benign cystic tumor, called mucinous cystadenoma, is not uncommon, but the size most definitely is.
Dr. Gregory Jones told BuzzFeed News:
Absolutely I’ve seen the condition but I’ve never seen one this large. It was the largest that I’ve ever seen or operated on.
Anytime a person develops a large mass they can develop something called abdominal compartment syndrome.
They can become massive. The tumors usually develop in the third to fifth decades of life and typically cause vague symptoms, such as increasing abdominal girth, abdominal or pelvic pain, emesis, fatigue, indigestion, constipation, and urinary incontinence.
Although mucinous cystadenomas are benign, they can progress to cystadenocarcinomas; they may also contain pockets of malignancy that can go easily unnoticed.
In most cases, benign mucinous cystadenoma of ovary may show no symptoms, particularly when it is present only in one ovary. When benign mucinous cystadenoma of ovary is bilateral or present in both ovaries, it may still be difficult to ascertain its presence.
However, as the tumor grows, symptoms of benign mucinous cystadenoma of ovary may be noticeable in some cases. The tumor is around 5 centimetres in most women but can grow and vary in size from 10 to 15 centimetres in some.
It can also obstruct urine flow, cause bowel obstruction, and create difficulty breathing by putting massive pressure on the diaphragm. By the time Rahn was operated on, she was experiencing ‘terrible’ swelling, according to Jones.
Following the operation, Rahn is projected to return to normal.
“As soon as I got home and was able to move a little, I tried on every shirt I had on and it was awesome,” Rahn said in the aftermath.
“You have to be your own advocate for your medical care, if something’s wrong, keep bringing it up with your physician,” Jones preached.
I’ll drink to that. Never stall on letting your GP know if you’re feeling a bit funky. If they don’t believe you, show them this article.
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