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A weight of 132 pounds makes this a remarkable tumor ...

Surgeons Remove 'Very Rare' 132-Pound Ovarian Tumor
Connecticut surgeons recently removed a 132-lb. (60 kilograms) ovarian tumor from a woman's abdomen.

The tumor, a "benign [noncancerous] mucinous ovarian tumor," was removed during a 5-hour surgery that involved more than 20 specialists at Danbury Hospital, according to a news release from Western Connecticut Health Network.

A "mucinous" ovarian tumor is a type of epithelial ovarian tumor, meaning that it grows from the cells that cover the outside of the ovaries ... Most tumors that grow from these cells are noncancerous; however, in cases where these types of tumors are cancerous, they are very dangerous, as they are often not diagnosed until the disease is advanced ...

The woman had gone to her gynecologist after she experienced a rapid weight gain — about 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) a week — over a two-month period, according to the release. A CT scan showed that she had a large mass on her ovary. ...

"I might expect to see a 25-lb. [11 kg] ovarian tumor, but a 132-lb. tumor is very rare," Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, a gynecologic oncologist at Danbury Hospital who operated on the woman, said in the statement.

Andikyan noted that when he met the woman, she was "extremely malnourished because the tumor was sitting on her digestive tract, and she used a wheelchair because of the tumor's weight."

The surgeons were able to successfully remove the tumor, as well as the woman's left ovary, in a single operation. They also removed excess skin from her abdomen during the same surgery.

The woman went home two weeks after the surgery, and she is expected to make a full recovery, according to the statement.
FULL STORY (with photo): https://www.livescience.com/62474-surgeons-remove-132-pound-tumor.html
 

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My wife watches a show in the states called "Body Bizarre". The subject matter is often rare and gigantic growths-tumors. Some neck and or facial tumors shown exceed 30 pounds. At times surgeons have treated poor third world souls without money-health care, "much to their credit". A sad-disturbing show. Often many surgeries have to be performed and although much improved the afflicted individuals are still left with issues.
 

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There are times here when it isn't safe to consume certain fish from coral waters because of giguatera toxins.

And there are times when I think that everything in Australia WILL kill us...

No worries mate - she'll be right.
Australian water are perhaps the most dangerous of waters. Blue Ringed Octopus, concentrations of sharks (including Great Whites, Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks), giant Salt Water Crocs which venture into the ocean and reefs, sea snakes, the deadly Stone Fish, Box Jellyfish lurk about.

The video displays many of these animals. Please deactivate-mute the sound, the music sucks.

 
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I'm posting this as something of a public service announcement. This same thing happened to a co-worker of mine back in the 1980's. It's not necessarily as dangerous as it sounds, but it can have major ramifications and it can take a long time to determine what's really going on.

Woman's Runny Nose Was Actually Leaking Brain Fluid
At first, doctors just said that a Nebraska woman's runny nose was caused by allergies, plain and simple. But the woman, Kendra Jackson, knew it had to be something else.

In 2013, Jackson was in a car accident, and she hit her face on the dashboard, according to KETV-7 ABC. Several years after that, her symptoms started: an endless runny nose, painful headaches and trouble sleeping.

"[It was] like a waterfall, continuously, and then it would run to the back of my throat," Jackson told KETV-7 ABC.

It wasn't until Jackson saw an ear, nose and throat specialist at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha that she learned her runny nose wasn't from allergies, but in fact cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaking from her brain. Doctors told Jackson that she was losing about 8 ounces (237 milliliters) of fluid a day. (The brain produces roughly 17 ounces [503 mL] of CSF a day ...)

CSF is a clear liquid that flows between the brain and its outer covering, and between the spinal cord and its outer covering. The fluid cushions the brain and spinal cord, and helps clear waste from the brain. The clear fluid, if it leaks from a nostril or down a person's throat, can have a metallic taste ...

Though brain fluid leaking out of your nose certainly sounds alarming, people may have the condition, known medically as CSF rhinorrhea, for years before serious problems emerge, according to the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. One such complication is bacterial meningitis, a serious infection that causes inflammation of the meninges, or the lining of the brain and spinal cord. ...
SOIURCE: https://www.livescience.com/62501-leaky-brain-fluid.html
 

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I'm posting this as something of a public service announcement. This same thing happened to a co-worker of mine back in the 1980's. It's not necessarily as dangerous as it sounds, but it can have major ramifications and it can take a long time to determine what's really going on.



SOIURCE: https://www.livescience.com/62501-leaky-brain-fluid.html
Yup, I've heard of this before too. May have mentioned it on'ere somewhere in fact. You can have just the runny nose symptom without pain or anything else untoward.

The key sign apparently is that the discharge is straw-coloured. You'd have to be sharp to spot that!
 

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I am trying not to go into hypocondriac mode! Quite often I have (this isn't very pleasant to be fair) a strand of mucus from my left nostril in the morning. It is usually grey but will check if its straw coloured. Trots off for a medical dictionary...
 

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I am trying not to go into hypocondriac mode! Quite often I have (this isn't very pleasant to be fair) a strand of mucus from my left nostril in the morning. It is usually grey but will check if its straw coloured. Trots off for a medical dictionary...
Based on the experience with my co-worker ... Cerebrospinal fluid isn't thick like mucus; it's quite thin and 'runny'.
 

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Thank you for allaying my paranoid brain. I'd blame Jeremy Corbyn if I had it though.
 

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I'm posting this as something of a public service announcement. This same thing happened to a co-worker of mine back in the 1980's. It's not necessarily as dangerous as it sounds, but it can have major ramifications and it can take a long time to determine what's really going on.
George Clooney is probably the most famous sufferer of this condition. He made a full recovery, thankfully.
 

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Imagine an illness that only afflicts children of asylum seekers...in Sweden. And it exists - or does it?



http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41748485

The same story is also available as a podcast, if you'd rather listen:
https://player.fm/series/bbc-news-front-page/11668-resignation-syndrome-swedens-mystery-illness

More on Resignation Syndrome (and other strange medical cases) here:

https://m.ranker.com/list/what-is-syrian-resignation-syndrome/melissa-sartore
 

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I have a runny nose every day (and almost uncontrollable sneezing) if I don't take an allergy tablet. Have done for years, since my nasal problems started. I've concluded that if it were brain fluid I wouldn't have any left by now which I think I'd notice.

:D
 

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Here's another case of a massive tumor mistaken for ordinary weight gain ...

Woman's Odd Weight Gain Turned Out to Be a 50-Pound Ovarian Tumor
A woman in Alabama who couldn't seem to lose weight turned out to have a massive tumor on her ovary, according to news reports.

The 30-year-old woman, Kayla Rahn, had experienced stomach pain and weight gain for months, and even had trouble with everyday activities like walking, according to local news outlet WSFA. "I couldn't even walk to my car without losing my breath," Rahn told WSFA.

Doctors told Rahn she simply needed to lose weight, but despite her weight-loss efforts, she continued to put on pounds.

Rahn's pain got so bad, she ended up in the emergency room, where doctors finally identified the problem: a 50-lb. (23 kilograms) mass on one of her ovaries. ...

Rahn had a type of tumor known as a mucinous cystadenoma, according to WSFA. This type of tumor is benign and arises from the tissue that forms the outer layer of the ovary, called the epithelium ... Mucinous cystadenoma tumors account for about 15 percent of all ovarian tumors. ...

These tumors are filled with a thick, gelatinous fluid. They can become quite large, with some reported to weigh more than 300 lbs. (136 kg) ... Just last month, doctors removed a similar 132-lb. (60 kg) ovarian tumor from a woman in Connecticut ...

Most often, these tumors occur in women ages 20 to 40, but cases have also been reported in teens and postmenopausal women, according to a 2014 review article. ...
SOURCE (with photos :gobs:): https://www.livescience.com/62957-womans-50-pound-ovarian-tumor.html
 

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FYI: The full story includes photos of the patient's abdominal enlargement as well as the excised mass ...

Pumpkin-Size 'Giant' Fibroid Removed from Woman's Uterus
Doctors in Singapore successfully removed a so-called giant uterine fibroid weighing about 61 lbs. (28 kilograms) from a 53-year-old woman's abdomen ...

Medically speaking, a fibroid earns the descriptor "giant" when it weighs in at 25 lbs. (11 kg). In the woman's case, however, the mass tipped the scales at more than double that weight.

Fibroids, or "uterine leiomyomas," are a type of benign, or noncancerous, tumor of the uterus. They may be as small as a seed or grow so big that they form a bulky mass that can distort and enlarge the uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic. In most cases, fibroids don't cause symptoms, the Cleveland Clinic says, but symptoms such as excessive bleeding during menstruation, pain during intercourse, frequent urination or a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen can occur. ...

The woman in this case sought medical attention because the fibroid's weight had made it difficult for her to move around, leaving her largely bedridden ... The woman also experienced some shortness of breath, both when she moved and when she lay down, said Lim, who treated the woman. ...

All told, the fibroid was about the size of a large squash, measuring about 26 inches (65 centimeters) across as its widest point ... It took up the woman's entire abdominal and pelvic cavity, extending up to the very bottom of her breastbone ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/63524-giant-fibroid-surgery.html
 

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This Irish woman was left with a potentially life-threatening injury from being hit in the neck by a wave (as in a wave of water at the beach) ...

A Woman Was Hit By a Wave at the Beach. It Ruptured One of Her Arteries.
A woman's beach vacation took an unexpected turn when she was hit so hard in the neck by a wave that it ruptured one of her arteries, according to a recent report of her case.

The 60-year-old woman, who lives in Ireland, was vacationing at the beach when an ocean wave struck her in the neck.

Soon, she began to experience intermittent headaches and neck pain, according to the report, published Sept. 12 in the journal BMJ Case Reports. After two weeks, she was still having these symptoms, and one of her eyelids began to droop, prompting her to seek medical care. When doctors examined the woman, they noticed that one of her pupils was smaller than the other. ...

The woman was initially diagnosed with Horner syndrome, which refers to a combination of symptoms caused by a disruption in a nerve pathway from the brain to the face, according to the Mayo Clinic.

... In the woman's case, further imaging tests revealed that she had "carotid artery dissection" (CAD) in her right carotid artery. This occurs when blood leaks into a tear within the wall of the carotid artery, and as the blood pools, it separates the layers of the blood vessel wall. The right carotid artery is one of four arteries in the neck that delivers blood to the brain.

The dissection likely happened because the wave's impact led to a rupture of the "vasa vasorum," or the small blood vessels within the wall of the carotid artery, the authors wrote in the report.

Dr. Etimbuk Umana, an emergency medicine doctor at Galway University Hospitals in Ireland, who treated the patient, said that, prior to the woman's case, he had never seen or read any reports of a beach wave causing CAD. But unusual neck movements or blunt trauma to the neck (such as trauma experienced in a car crash) are known causes of CAD, he told Live Science. It's estimated that trauma causes up to 40 percent of cases of CAD, the authors wrote.

One concern for patients with CAD is the risk of stroke; indeed, the condition is a common cause of stroke for people under 50, according to the Cedars-Sinai medical centerin Los Angeles. A stroke can occur if a blood clot forms at the site of the blood vessel dissection and that clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain.

For this reason, patients with CAD may be treated with anti-clotting drugs (such as blood thinners) to prevent stroke.

But for patients who have a rupture of the vasa vasorum, anti-clotting drugs might actually pose a risk of increased bleeding, the report said.

The woman was initially treated with anti-clotting drugs, but the treatment was stopped, in part due to concerns about bleeding risk. Also, the woman didn't have any signs of stroke or other brain problems.

The woman was monitored closely and took Lyrica (pregabalin), a medicine used to treat nerve pain, to help with her pain. Six months later, tests showed that the artery injury had completely healed. The authors said that more studies are needed to weigh the risks and benefits of anti-clotting drugs for patients like the one in this report.
SOURCE: https://www.livescience.com/63720-beach-wave-ruptures-womans-artery.html
 

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The weight of water can be very destructive. I heard of a young man who was swimming in a pool and turned his neck suddenly to reply to a shout from a friend. He was left totally paralysed for the rest of his life. :(
 

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This is the most bizarre cause of pregnancy I've ever read about.

In short, a woman born with no vagina became pregnant after giving oral sex, swallowing the fruits, being caught in or shortly after the act by her ex-, being stabbed in the abdomen and the ingested sperm making its way from the stomach, through the now ruptured intestinal tract and into her otherwise inaccessible reproductive system!

Oral Sex, a Knife Fight and Then Sperm Still Impregnated Girl
By LAUREN COX
Feb. 3, 2010

A strange tale of oral sex, a knife fight and the most unlikely of pregnancies recently brought to light by the blogosphere has doctors touting the triumphant persistence of sperm.

In 1988, a 15-year-old girl living in the small southern African nation of Lesotho came to local doctors with all the symptoms of a woman in labor. But the doctors were quickly puzzled because, upon examination, she didn't have a vagina.

"Inspection of the vulva showed no vagina, only a shallow skin dimple," so doctors delivered a healthy baby boy via Caesarean, the authors wrote in a case report published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Her birth defect -- called Mullerian agenesis or Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome -- didn't necessarily surprise doctors, but her pregnancy did. Even the 15-year-old girl could not believe she was pregnant.

Yet by looking at her records the hospital staff realized the young woman was in the hospital 278 days earlier with a knife wound to her stomach. The average pregnancy lasts 280 days. After interviews, they gathered that "Just before she was stabbed in the abdomen she had practiced fellatio with her new boyfriend and was caught in the act by her former lover. The fight with knives ensued."

The girl arrived at the hospital with an empty stomach -- and therefore with little stomach acid around -- and doctors found two holes from a stab wound that opened her stomach up to her abdominal cavity. The case report said doctors washed her stomach out with a salt solution and stitched her up.

"A plausible explanation for this pregnancy is that spermatozoa gained access to the reproductive organs via the injured gastrointestinal tract," the authors wrote.

Infertility experts note the story, which resurfaced on a Discovery magazine blog, is not only a testament to Murphy's Law but one to arguably nature's most impressive swimmers: sperm.

More specifics, mostly on the ultra-durability of sperm, but also citing nay-sayers :
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/Welln...nant-sperm-survival-oral-sex/story?id=9732562
 

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This is the most bizarre cause of pregnancy I've ever read about.
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Wow ... This is at least as weird as the classic myth about the Civil War bullet passing through a soldier's gonads and carrying his viable sperm into the genitals of a female nearby.
 

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Here's the first 'massive tumor' story of the new year ...
Idaho woman has 50-pound tumor removed
An Idaho woman who thought she was gaining weight because of menopause discovered she actually had a 50-pound tumor that had been growing inside her for decades.

... Brenda Cridland of Meridian chalked up her weight gain to aging, but when her health started to quickly decline about eight months ago she decided to see a doctor.

That’s when a CAT scan revealed she had an enormous tumor that had displaced her organs and was cutting off the blood supply to her brain. Cridland said she underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery to remove the mass, which luckily was benign.

Cridland says she lost 65 pounds in the process, and learned the tumor was caused by undiagnosed endometriosis. She says she ignored red flags about her health, and hopes her story will remind other women that they shouldn’t avoid seeing a doctor.
SOURCE: https://www.apnews.com/995f62df46294ad8b0441a5c408d45ed
 

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Here's an update on the Bangladeshi 'Tree Man' - Abul Bajandar. He's had 24 surgeries since the January 2016 story was posted, and it's not clear what his prognosis may be. ...
Update ... Over the last year, Bajandar left the hospital and returned home. Unfortunately, his condition continued and he's back in the hospital facing a new round of surgeries.
Bangladesh's 'tree man' is back in hospital and needs more surgery

A Bangladeshi man who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease known as "tree man" syndrome is back in hospital and faces more surgery after the condition returned after multiple operations in 2016 ... .
FULL STORY: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/21/health/tree-man-bangladesh-surgery-intl/index.html
 

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Indian Boy With Hypertrichosis

Lalit Patidar, 13, was born with Hypertrichosis, a condition characterised by abnormal hair growth on the face, arms and other parts of the body.

Despite his condition, the teen lives a happy life and dreams of one day supporting his parents by becoming a police officer.

He also hopes to have surgery in the future so other children stop being so scared to play with him.

“I was born with too much hair on my face and this makes me different,” he said.

“Sometimes I wish I was like other children, but I cannot do much about it.

“I have gotten used to the way I am, and I am usually comfortable with myself.”

Lalit’s 42-year old mum was stunned to see her baby boy covered in hair when he was born. “I have five daughters and we prayed at lot of temples to have a son. Our prayers were answered when Lalit was born.

“He is different but still very special for me because he was born after many special prayers.”

Lalit often gets jeered and stared at while in public, especially when outside of his native village.

“Sometimes when I am out in a busy town, people come and stare at me. Some even call me monkey," he said.

“There have been times when other kids throw stones at me and call me names.

“But my family and friends come to my rescue and defend me during such incidents.”

He added: "I sometimes wish to have some surgery to get rid of excess hair because I want to be friends with everyone. They  shouldn't hesitate to play with me.

"If I didn't have hair I'd be fine. No one would bully me."

Lalit is very optimistic about his future and wants to join the police force.

He said: “I want to join the police and put all thieves and criminals in jail when I grow up.

“I want to earn money as an honest policeman and with that I want to look after my mum and dad.

“They have done a lot for me and I don’t want any complications for them when they grow old.”



 
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