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Woman has 50-pound cyst removed after months of unexplained health issues

01 July 2018

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

It turns out they missed a big detail - an ovarian cyst that had grown to the size of a watermelon.

"I had been trying to lose weight for about a year, but I was gaining weight", Rahn told WSFA-TV.

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"We went to dinner and someone asked me if I was having twins walking out", said Rahn.

Last month, when the pain became too overwhelming the 30-year-old's mom took her to the emergency room at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama. (23 kilograms) mass on one of her ovaries.

Doctors removed a 50-pound cyst from a woman's ovary after mysterious symptoms interfered with her daily life and led strangers to believe she was pregnant.

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"This is one of the largest [ovarian cysts] I have ever seen or certainly removed", Gregory Jones, MD, an ob-gyn at Jackson Hospital in Alabama, told NBC12. "We are very excited things went well for her", Dr. Jones said. "The technical diagnosis, it was a mucinous cystadenoma". Mucinous cystadenoma tumors account for about 15 percent of all ovarian tumors. They're a typical byproduct of menstruation and form in the ovaries as fluid-filled pockets, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office on Women's Health. "It grows very slowly but can end up quite large", she explains.

One of the doctors in the operating room holds the 50-pound cyst after it was removed from the woman's body. "It's not hereditary and, in this case, [is] non-cancerous", Ross says.

For months, Kayla Rahn had been struggling with abdominal pain, swelling and shortness of breath. As an ob-gyn for many years, Ross stresses the importance of pelvic ultrasounds, specifically for overweight and obese women, in whom it's more hard to observe the ovaries. She had even been asked if she was carrying twins, the hospital said. "I think that should be encouraged".

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Woman has 50-pound cyst removed after months of unexplained health issues