Vietnamese doctors remore rare womb fibroid of over 9 kilos

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A doctor at K Hospital in Hanoi shows a 9-kilo fibroid removed from a woman's womb. Photo by Thuy Anh
Doctors at Hanoi cancer hospital K on Friday removed a fibroid of more than nine kilograms from a woman's womb.

The 37-year-old patient from Hai Phong, only identified as Truong Thi Thu T., has been recovering well.

She was admitted December 23 looking like a pregnant woman.

Ultrasound and CT scans found a fibroid of 24x38x38 centimeters in her womb, which had been pressing the stomach and other organs, causing her intestines to stick to each other.

The hospital's deputy director Nguyen Van Tuyen, the chief surgeon in the one-hour operation, called the fibroid a "very rare" one, especially in a patient under 40 years old. Fibroids are not dangerous but those in the the womb reduce the chance of pregnancy.

The blood veins supplying the fibroid were around 1-1.2 centimeters in diameter, six to ten times larger than normal womb arteries, which complicated the surgery as breaking the veins could cause life-threatening bleeding.

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