A huge, hairy cyst the size of a football found growing women’s stomach

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A woman worryingly lost five stones in a year and was suffering incredible pain, but doctors dismissed her symptoms.

However later she discovered a huge hairy cyst was growing in her belly.

Emma Corcoran, 43, ended up malnourished after surviving on yoghurt and liquids, because the huge growth caused her so much pain whenever she ate.

She claims that doctors told her over a hundred times that she was just suffering from panic attacks, until she collapsed and a hospital scan showed the huge hairy lump in her stomach.

Over the 16 months she the dermoid cyst was growing, Emma developed severe anxiety about eating, and felt she couldn’t swallow.

 

Eventually her partner Lee Woollett, 42, took Emma to hospital, where she was given a CT scan that discovered the huge mass.

Gynaecologists at Medway Maritime Hospital identified the growth as a dermoid cyst, and underwent keyhole surgery to have it removed – along with her right ovary and part of her Fallopian tube.

She said: “I was going to GP and A&E so many times, I think they thought I was a nutter or hypochondriac.

“Even I thought I was going mad at times, but the pain was worse than childbirth.

 

“I realised it was not medication I needed.

“I noticed a big wide lump across my stomach but thought it was down to a swollen bladder because of the diet I was on.”

The growth became so large that Emma had to leave her job at a watch shop, because it was pressing on her organs and causing crippling pain.

The mum-of-one ended up being unable to stand up straight or walk before she went under the knife for the life-changing operation.

Emma’s life returned to normal just weeks afterwards, and she is now back to eating regularly.

 

Now Emma is trying to raise awareness among women about the cysts, which are so grotesque that they can grow their own teeth, sweat glands, nerves and even hair.

She said: “Looking back it was my more than a year of hell. I want every woman to read my story and get help if they are even a little worried.

“Listen to your body because you know what’s best.”



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