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Beware of ovarian tumours

– Don’t neglect warning symptoms and annual check-ups
* Doctors warned after treating an 80-year-old woman who has a large ovarian tumour

Hyderabad, March 27, 2021 : Ovarian tumours are abnormal growths occurring in the woman’s ovary. They can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).  So women beware of ovarian tumours. Don’t neglect these warning symptoms and annual health screening Dr Bindu Priya. N Consultant Urogynaecologist, KIMS Hospitals, Secunderabad suggested.  She examples an ovarian tumour case which is very complicated to treat.

Ms. Venkata Sinjeeva Kamala, 78 years old from Hyderabad, a post-menopausal woman had approached KIMS Hospitals with pain abdomen, vomitings for 2 days and fullness of stomach for 1 year. On examination, doctors found a huge abdominopelvic mass occupying the whole of the lower abdomen extending above naval point. Ultrasound and CT scan showed a huge ovarian tumour of size 28 x 22 x 18 cm which was confined to the ovary. Her tumour marker was elevated. The patient had multiple other complications like Diabetes, High blood pressure, Hypothyroidism and Coronary artery disease and was on medications including blood thinners. After Careful observation of all these conditions and obtaining fitness for surgery she was taken up for staging laparotomy (open surgery). Doctors found a huge mass that was twisted arising from her left ovary was removed intact and sent for a frozen section for further diagnosis and proceeded with hysterectomy and removal of the other ovary. The frozen section was reported as a borderline tumour that means non-cancerous but needs follow up. The patient recovered well after surgery and was discharged after 3 days.

Although the patient had symptoms for the last one year she neglected them and presented as an emergency, said Dr. Bindu Priya.

Benign tumours are slow-growing and occur in women of reproductive age group, while tumours in pubertal and postmenopausal age groups could be more aggressive and cancerous. Obesity, infertility, family history of ovarian cancers are some of the risk factors for these tumours. Generally, ovarian tumours are asymptomatic and can cause symptoms when they grow to a huge size filling up the abdomen and causing pressure on the adjacent organs. Other non-specific symptoms include pain, bloating (feeling full after eating little), loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, urination problems etc. Consult your Gynecologist if you have any of these symptoms and don’t neglect your annual health screening including Ultrasound scans Dr Bindu Priya cautioned. Early diagnosis of the disease gives the person with better treatment and the best result she added.

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