The world’s largest tumour have been removed from a body of a Chinese man in Beijing.
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It took 9 doctors and 960 minutes (16 hours) of painstaking work to remove 110kg of unnecessary flesh. During the operation the unusual patient, Yang Jianbin, received 5000ml of blood, which is more than the entire amount an adult’s body holds.
Yang suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue. He was born with a dark birth mark on the right side of his lower back.
At the age of nine it started growing into a tumour, by 12 it was the size of a fist and he had surgery to remove it. But it quickly started to grow again seriously affecting his life, the 37-year-old man could only lie down or sit on his bed.
Chief surgeon Chen Minliang said, “We have seen neurofibromatosis patients before, but this is the biggest nerve tumor we ever saw. Yang is now recovering well and it expected to be discharged later this month.”