Here’s your daily reminder that your body is capable of producing gross things.
In 2003, a 57-year-old Brazilian woman was perplexed by her rapidly-expanding waistline. She had what she described as a “feeling of heaviness” in her stomach and noted that her breaths were shorter and shallower. When her waist reached an incredible 52 inches around, she decided it was time to see a doctor.
Doctors ordered an ultrasound of the woman’s midsection, and what they found was shocking. She had an 88-pound mucus-filled tumor growing inside of her. The tumor was so massive that it pushed her uterus out of place, squished her abdominal anatomy, and contacted her diaphragm. Doctors say the tumor started growing in the woman’s right ovary.
When doctors removed the tumor, it measured out to 16.5 x 15.7 x 11 inches and weighed 88 pounds.
The tumor contained cancerous regions, so doctors put the woman through a round of chemotherapy. Ten years later, she is healthy and tumor-free.
Mucus-filled ovarian tumors are relatively common in women ages 30-50. They are usually small benign growths that go away on their own. The largest one ever removed weighed over 300 pounds.
If you’ve got a strong stomach and don’t plan on eating soon, check out these pictures of the 88-pound tumor (SERIOUSLY, THEY'RE GROSS):