A team of surgeons at Sir JJ Hospital, Byculla, removed a rare tumour from a 35-year-old woman’s pelvic region on Saturday.
The 21-cm tumour weighing nearly 2kg, which was removed after an hour-long surgery, is reportedly the largest tumour excision of its kind in the world, said the surgeons, who operated upon the woman.
Rekha Tayde, a native of Akola, had been experiencing pain in her abdomen for a year. Over a period of time, she noticed her stomach had begun to enlarge, making her appear six months pregnant.
“A CT scan showed that Tayde suffered from intraperitoneal leiomyoma, a tumour that spreads from the pelvis right up to the abdomen,” said Dr Arshad Khan, honorary professor in the department of surgery at Sir JJ Hospital, who operated upon Tayde.
Three years ago, Tayde had undergone a surgery to remove fibroids, a kind a benign tumour of muscular tissues that typically develops in the wall of the womb.
“I visited doctors in my native town and was advised to undergo some tests. The doctors referred me to JJ Hospital,” she said.
Experts maintain the cause for intraperitoneal leiomyoma is not known. However, it is observed that in some cases, women, who have been on birth control pills, have developed this complication.
“In Tayde’s case, we found that she had never taken birth control pills; as of now, there is no explanation as to what caused the growth of tumour,” said Dr Khan.