WASHINGTON — A recent medical journal article has chronicled one man’s more than 20-year story of living with a half-pound mass inside his stomach near his pelvis.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the mass resembled a hard-boiled egg due to its shape and its “firm, rubbery” texture.
The journal reported the man had been presented for evaluation of a history of “urinary frequency” of more than 20 years.
Surgeons removed the mass back in 2013, but recent pictures by the journal and a video uploaded to YouTube depicted its dramatic and striking appearance. According to the journal, the mass measured about 4 inches by 3.5 inches by 3 inches and weighed nearly half a pound.
The article said what was found in the man was known as a peritoneal loose body, which is not uncommon but doesn’t often grow very large. When it does become large, it can be “associated with bowel obstruction, urinary retention, or (as in this patient) urinary frequency,” the journal said.
The patient’s urinary issues resolved immediately after the mass was removed, according to the journal.