Doctors at Satara’s Onco Life Cancer Center gave a new lease of life to 55-year-old Mrs Sarita Patil by removing a ruptured ovarian tumor from which 2.5 to 3 liters of blood had oozed and accumulated in her abdomen. It may be noted that the human body has only 4.5 to 5.5 liters of blood.
The tumor was removed by the team headed by Dr Manoj Lokhande, Surgical Oncologist, Oncolife Cancer Centre.
The patient had complaint of severe abdomen pain and giddiness. After examining her sonography reports, the doctors advised that the patient needed immediate surgery.
Dr. Lokhande said that the patient had unbearable abdominal pain while her BP was low. “We immediately prepared her for surgery around 7pm we took her to the OT. We found 2.5 to 3 liters of blood in her abdomen, whereas the average adult has about 1.2 to 1.5 gallons (4.5 to 5.5 liters) of blood circulating inside their body,” added Dr Lokhande.
Dr Lokhande pointed out that there was also an actively bleeding and ruptured left ovarian tumour of about 20 by 20 cm. The patient has settled down after surgery.
Women over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Most cases of ovarian cancer occur in women who have already gone through menopause.
Ovarian tumors usually present with chronic abdominal pain, an abdominal mass, or distension. However, in some cases, it may rupture or undergo torsion and present as acute abdominal pain.