A woman from India had been feeling a lump on her right side for three years running until she finally sought medical help. A scan revealed what was bothering her was a huge 31 cm. by 19 cm. mass. A team of surgeons had to work together to remove said mass and shockingly, it turned out to be a tumor in the woman’s kidney which was 50 times bigger than her organ.
Manju Devi, 28, from the Darbhanga district of Bihar state in North India, had been all along carrying a 12 lb or 5.5 kg tumor from her kidney which had already dwarfed her other organs. A normal kidney, says the team at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital at Sion in Mumbai, only weighs 110g and 140 g.
So large was Devi’s tumor that experts at the Guinness Book of World Records have already confirmed it to be the largest renal tumor ever discovered. The large tumor also had a big effect on Devi’s life that urologist Dr. Ajit Sawant said she was no longer able to do her day to day activities because of the huge mass in her abdomen.
Devi has been hospital-hopping the past three years, being constantly referred to other experts. The enormous size of the tumor delayed the needed surgery.
A CT scan also showed that the tumor had completely grown over the woman’s intestines and the pancreas to the left of her abdomen. She was advised to undergo radical right nephrectomy or kidney removal after determining that she was fit enough to undertake such a surgery.
Devi has since been released from the hospital.