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11 June 2008

Surgeons remove 42kg tumour

Surgeons at Bangladesh's biggest hospital have removed a giant 42-kg tumour from a 40-year-old man's abdomen, a doctor said Wednesday.

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Surgeons at Bangladesh's biggest hospital have removed a giant 42 kg tumour from a 40-year-old man's abdomen, a doctor said Wednesday.

Dhaka Medical College Hospital surgeon Omar Ali told AFP he understood the tumour, which was bigger than a football, to be the largest removed by medical staff in the country.

He said the man, a rickshaw puller, noticed his stomach growing larger over the past two years, but believed the increase in size was caused by water retention.

Eventually he admitted himself to hospital and surgery was performed Tuesday, he said.

"After a three-hour operation, we have removed a 42-kg tumour from his abdomen. It is the biggest we have ever seen and we believe it's the biggest in the country's history," Ali said.

"We are checking whether it is cancerous or not. It's amazing that how he carried on with such a big tumour in his body."

He said the growth was 81 cm long and 61 cm wide.

"It was like he was carrying around a big jackfruit stuffed in his abdomen. It was bigger than a football."

Ali said the tumour had been growing for at least for three or four years. The man was in a stable condition. – (Sapa-AFP)

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