US woman's weight gain turns out to be huge 22kg tumour

The tumour.
The tumour. Photo credit: Jackson Hospital

An Alabama woman has a new lease on life after doctors discovered her weight gain was due to a huge tumour.

Kayla Rahn, 30, was told by doctors she needed to lose weight after turning up with complaints of stomach pains and feeling out of breath, WSFA reports.

"I couldn't even walk to my car without losing my breath," she said.

Ms Rahn started trying to lose weight, but despite her efforts she kept gaining and the pain continued. People on the street even started asking her if she was pregnant due to the growth.

"I legit looked like I was a solid nine months' pregnant. We went to dinner and someone asked me if I was having twins. It was frustrating," she told WSFA.

In May 2018 the pain became too much and Ms Rahn went to the emergency department, where doctors discovered large mass on her ovaries.

She was immediately taken to surgery and the huge 22kg cyst was removed.

"The technical diagnosis; it was a mucinous cystadenoma. It is a benign condition," obstetrician/ gynaecologist Gregory Jones told WSFA.

Dr Jones said he had seen such cysts before, but never one as large as Ms Rahns.

"This is one of the largest I have ever seen or certainly removed," he said. "We are very excited things went well for her."

Ms Rahn is now well on the way to recovery from her surgery, and says things are a lot easier without the excess weight from the tumour.

She's now fitting into clothes she was unable to wear for a full year before surgery.


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