A giant oversized kidney weighing 7.4kg / 16 pounds and measuring 45 cm long has been removed by doctors in India from a man suffering from kidney disease.
The average human kidney is 12cm long and weighs a third of a pund (150 grammes). This man’s kidney weighed almost 50 times the weight of an average kidney and was closer to the weight of a bowling ball.
Surgeons at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, New Delhi removed the freak kidney from a 56 year old man suffering from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.
The life threatening disease causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys, causing it to grow in size. Doctors decided to operate and remove the giant kidney when they detected internal bleeding and the spread of infections.
“It was a huge lump that was occupying half of his abdomen. We knew it was a big kidney but never thought it would be this heavy,” said Sachin Kathuria, a member of the surgical team.
The surgery was a success and the man is now recovering in hospital on kidney dialysis machine while he waits for a kidney transplant.
Source: The Guardian