A woman from Kolkota, India, named Minati Mondal had suffered from stomach pain and acid reflux for 45 days at the age of 48.
When she consulted her doctor, she found out that she had gallstones. When the doctors performed the surgery to remove the gallstones, they were shocked because they found 12,000 stones in her gallbladder which is probably the new world record. The samples are kept in London.
During 2 long months, this woman suffered from crippling stomach pain and acid reflux. After the ultrasound and the results, she was diagnosed with severe case of gallstones.
If you didn’t know, gallstones are small and hard crystalline mass abnormally formed in the gallbladder or bile duct from bile pigments, calcium salts, and cholesterol. It should also be mentioned that they can cause severe pain and blockage of the bile duct. There are some cases when people don’t experience any kind of symptoms, until they start to block the gallbladder. When this happens, they cause excrutiating pain, nausea and a potentially fatal infection. When it comes to women, fatty diet can raise the risk of their occurance.
However finding such a large number of gallbladder stones was very shocking for the doctors who performed the surgery.
One of them, Dr. Makhan Lala Saha explained: “I was astonished to see the large number of stones that we extracted from the gall bladder of this patient. I had never thought a gall bladder could contain so many stones.”
Together with several asistants, Dr. Saha counted all the tiny stones and after 4 hours they finally concluded that there were 12,000 stones with a size between 2 mm and 5 mm.
He is a gastrointestinal endometriosis surgeon at the hospital who has participated in hundreds of surgeries, but he has never seen sucha large number of gallstones.
Dr. Saha said: “Two months ago, I had operated on a girl who had 1,110 stones but despite the shocking number, I found that in 1983, doctors in Britain had removed 3,110 stones from a German patient’s gall bladder. But I feel this number can replace the past record since the current number is three times more than the record.”