19-year-old finds that that ‘indigestion’ is a tumour that could explode his heart


For a 19-year-old boy with a full-time job, struggling with heartburn would be a difficult burden. Daniel Tamburro ended up in the hospital, believing that his condition was related to heartburn, but doctors would soon discover that for Tamburro, heartburn would have been a lucky diagnosis.  Instead, Tamburro had a ginormous cyst pushing on his heart. The cyst had actually managed to move Tamburro’s heart three centimeters to the right.

The doctors were glad that they caught this cyst in time. Had Tamburro waited any longer to address this condition the cyst could have exploded. Tamburro was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed at work. The doctors decided to run an x-ray of his chest and were surprised to discover such a large mass. The cyst that was putting pressure on Tamburro’s heart was the size of a grapefruit. The fast-growing cyst took up so much space that it began to shift Tamburro’s organs around to make room for itself.

After a six hour surgery back in June, Tamburro was free of the growth. The cyst was 15 by 12 centimeters in size. Tamburro says, “They said it was really rare and they had never seen anything like it. It had moved my heart 3cm to the right. I was in theatre for six hours in the end. They cut me open from the back and they had to crack a few ribs. They managed to cut it out and reconnect a vein that it was connected to. I was in hospital for six days after and had three months off work.” Tamburro returned to work after his recovery.


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