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Man's Egg-Shaped Lump Makes Medical History (Photos/Video)

| by Sheena Vasani

When doctors were trying to understand the source of  62-year-old Raymond Thompson's troubles for the past 20 years, a huge "boiled egg" were the last words that came to mind (video below).

But further tests revealed a huge object that could easily pass for an egg had more to do with his problems than anybody could have imagined, reports the Daily Mail.

For two decades, Thompson complained he had to frequently urinate. Repeated tests revealed nothing was wrong with him, but still, the problem remained.

It was only when doctors decided to perform a CT scan that the mysterious problem was finally understood.

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It turned out the man had a 4-inch-long, 3-inch-wide "free-floating, smooth, firm and rubbery" egglike lump stuck in his abdomen, described as a peritoneal loose body. 

"Wow, that came out of me?" Thompson remarked after surgery, Fox News reports.

"It looked like an egg," Thompson added, recalling the moment he saw the lump doctors dyed green afterward. "Looked like a shiny pearl. Big. Like an avocado. An Easter egg that'd been dyed green."

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The "egg" had been pressing on his bladder for 20 years and growing, undetected, causing him to use the bathroom frequently.

"Such masses are often asymptomatic when they are small, but they can be large enough to cause extrinsic compression that is associated with bowel obstruction, urinary retention, or (as in this patient) urinary frequency," explain  Rachael Sussman, M.D., Jonah Murdock, M.D., Ph.D. in the medical periodical, The New England Journal of Medicine.

These lumps can develop when colon membrane fat floats away, eventually calcifying and turning into the hard mass.

What's more, at almost 8 ounces, the lump was heavy -- weighing even more than a large orange -- making it incredibly rare. It may be the largest one ever reported.

Luckily for Thompson, doctors were able to surgically remove the lump. He now reports no longer needed to urinate frequently.

"I feel blessed," Thompson said.

Sources: Daily Mail, The New England Journal of Medicine, Fox News/YouTube  / Photo credit: The New England Journal of Medicine 
 

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