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Make sure you're not eating when reading this one - doctors have removed this 46-pound tumour from a 52-year-old man's abdomen after he went to the hospital complaining about gas and bloating.
In a remarkable - and disgusting - feat of medical ingenuity, surgeons were able to pull out the huge growth from a man in the city of Trabzon in Turkey's province of the same name.
Doctor Ismet Celik, 45, said that the operation was successfully carried out on a 52-year-old patient on March 9.
According to local media, the man went to the Kanuni Training and Research Hospital complaining about discomfort caused by gas and swelling.
Unfortunately for him, though, doctors discovered something much worse.
After conducting tests, the medics realised that the man had a tumour in his abdomen, which was what was causing his ailments.
The extent of that only became clear during surgery though, and they were shocked to remove a mass that weighed an incredible 21 kilograms (46 lbs).
Dr Celik told Newsflash: "The tumour was removed from a 52-year-old male patient. A tumour of 40 x 45cm (15.7 x 17.7 inches) and 21 kilograms (46 lbs) originating from the posterior abdominal wall."
Remarkably, after the sizeable operation, the man is in good condition and is receiving the necessary care required as he recovers from the surgery.
Dr Celik also praised his staff for their performance during the procedure saying: "The team was amazing during this difficult surgery."
Tumours this large are not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, just last year the world's largest ever ovarian tumour was removed from a woman in Delhi, India, weighing a whopping 50 kilograms.
Similarly to our Turkish friend, the 52-year-old woman - who asked to remain anonymous - was also unaware of what her ailment actually was, and had complained about her weight ballooning.
By the time she underwent a gruelling operation to remove it at the private Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi - taking three and a half hours - the tumour had grown to make up 45 per cent of the woman's body weight.
Dr Arun Prasad, who led the surgery, said he was left 'shell-shocked' by the tumour.
The doctor said he had never seen a case like it in his 30-year medical career.
Speaking after carrying out the operation at the time, Dr Prasad said: "I have not witnessed anything like this ever before during my profession - in over three decades of experience.
"We should consider it as a miracle that the woman is recuperating well after being operated on for over 180 minutes."
Incredibly enough the woman made a full recovery and was discharged from hospital just a day later.
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