RANDOM FACT #28 - Over 230 TEETH Were Removed From a Boy in India...



That's a lot of teeth! And we complain when we have to remove one or two. 
Every major news site and more was carrying this story at the time in 2014...

Composite odontoma is a rare defect in humans in which a benign tumor forms in the mouth, generally as a result of the abnormal growth of a single tooth, causing additional teeth to form within the tumor. Most cases have been found in the upper jaw of patients. Unchecked growth of the tumor can make swallowing and eating difficult, and can also lead to grotesque facial swelling.

In most cases, surgery is required to remove the extra teeth and tumorous tissue. Prior to 2014, the maximum recorded number of teeth removed in such an operation was 37. However, in July 2014 Ashiq Gavai, a 17-year-old boy in India, suffered from an extreme case of composite odontoma in his lower jaw, which required the removal of more than 232 teeth altogether. The surgery was performed by Dr. Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department in India.

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According to the BBC, the teenager had been suffering for 18 months with this condition before travelling to the city from his village seeking help, after local doctors failed to identify the cause of the problem.

Doctors have described his condition as "very rare" and "a world record".

"At first, we couldn't cut it out so we had to use the basic chisel and hammer to take it out.
"Once we opened it, little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one-by-one. Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted 232 teeth," she added.

The surgery conducted involved two surgeons and two assistants.

Ashik now has 28 teeth.

Source(s): wikipedia | bbc

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