Doctors in India recently removed 232 teeth from a 17-year old Indian boy after a seven-hour operation.
According to the BBC, Ashik Gavai was brought into the JJ Hospital in Mumbai with a painful swelling in his right jaw. He had been referred to the hospital from his village after doctors there failed to identify the cause of his ailment.
But at the JJ hospital, dentists discovered a benign tumor growing in his jaw, which was producing a lot of extra teeth.
“Ashik’s malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. It’s a sort of benign tumour,” Dr Dhiware said.
“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 on Monday, involved two surgeons and two assistants. The team was led by Dr Vandana Thorawade who heads the hospital’s ENT (ear, nose and throat) department. Ashik now has 28 teeth.
Doctors at the hospital said Gavai’s case was ‘very rare’ and a ‘world record’ because available medical records for his condition says that the maximum number of teeth removed from such benign tumors is 37.
Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of the JJ hospital, also added that she has ‘not seen anything like this before in my 30-year career,’ but she was ‘thrilled to get such an exciting case.’