Surgeons from the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson have successfully removed a 47-pound tumor from a woman’s stomach, hospital officials said.
The procedure took 10 hours to complete, and the patient — Marcey DiCaro — suffered a heart attack during the surgery, but survived, Fox News
According to a news release, DiCaro underwent a scan in March 2012 that revealed the large growth. She was originally scheduled to undergo surgery in 2013, but her operation was cancelled and she finally underwent surgery on April 17.
By that point, the tumor had grown massive, invading Dicaro's inferior vena cava — the vein that carries blood from the body back to the heart and kidney.
"Because the tumor had been pressing on the vena cava, it created a blood clot in the vein," said Tun Jie, M.D., interim chief of the division of abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center. "The surgery was quite challenging. This was a situation that was not easy to tackle and not all surgeons would have gone forward with it."
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