New Delhi: A private hospital doctors took out a large smooth muscle tumour which is termed as fibroid from a 47-year-old woman. Doctors told TOI that the “tumour was as big as a full-grown fetus”.

In 2019, an ultrasound done at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) detected a tumour in the woman’s body but, “no active management was done by the family back then,” the report said. However, when the patient came back in January, the tumour had grown and weighted 4 kgs.

Further, doctors took around 3 hours to remove the tumour and the uterus.

The case was published recently in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Research by the Department of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology, SGRH, which talks about the “unique removal and management of the giant cervical tumour by using the ‘hybrid technique’ — the mixture of two techniques, it said.

“Our case is unique in many ways. Firstly, the huge size of the tumour, its rapid growth and its management laparoscopically. Moreover, this case amazed us because, in spite of knowing about the tumour, no active management was done till date,” Debasis Dutta, Senior Consultant, Department of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology, Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the hospital, said.

The size of the tumour, its precarious position and chances of it being cancerous (high chances of bleeding) made its removal challenging, the spokesperson said.

“The tumour had to be removed in total, and at the same time, the blood loss had to be reduced and limited,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)