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Why you want to flush that liver out...

Woman's 41-pound liver safely removed

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Doctors have safely removed a 46-pound liver from a New Jersey woman, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

For the last four years, "I looked about 15 months pregnant," said Debora Colombo, 52, who underwent a transplant in January. "Everywhere I went I was asked when I was due."

Polycystic disease, a genetic condition in which cysts form on the kidneys or liver, caused Colombo's liver to expand through her chest cavity and balloon around her belly and pelvis.

The average healthy adult liver weights about three pounds.

"It's by far the biggest we've ever seen," said Dr. Myron Schwartz, director of adult liver transplantation at Mount Sinai Medical Center, adding doctors were hoping to get their feat into the record books.

The largest liver officials had previously heard of was 21 pounds, Kate White, said a spokeswoman for the Guinness Book of World Records.


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