The patient was offered the chance to keep all 360 stones that were removed from her gallbladder – but she didn’t take the doctors up on the offer
Doctors investigating the cause of a woman’s stomach ache found a staggering 360 stones in her gallbladder.
Mousumi Dam, 49, from Kolkata in east India, had been suffering from chronic abdominal pain and acidity for months.
When her symptoms worsened and she got jaundice Mousami finally consulted a doctor.
Doctors ran their regular tests and gave her ultrasonography and it was then that they found she was suffering from a severe case of gallstones.
Tests revealed she had a huge cluster of tiny marble-sized stones in her gallbladder.
Mousumi was immediately referred to a hospital where surgeons removed shocking 360 stones during an hour-long operation.
Dr Makhan Lal Saha, 59, professor of surgery at the hospital, said he’d never seen so many stones in a patient before.
“I’ve worked as a doctor for nearly 37 years but I’ve never seen so many stones packed in a gallbladder. This is the first time in the medical history of West Bengal that anyone has had a surgery to remove 360 stones,” said Dr. Saha.
“The stones were five millimeters in size and it took me 50 minutes to take out every stone.
“In fact, my hands were numb by the time I removed the last stone.
“Surprisingly all the stones had the same size and shape.”
Dr. Saha also had to remove the patient’s bladder because she had a mix of cholesterol stones and bi-pigment stones.
Dr. Saha added: “It’s difficult to determine the main cause of such a huge amount of gallstones but it could be due to a very high amount of cholesterol in her bile.
“Also if the patient doesn’t drink enough water that can cause the formation of stones.”
Mrs. Dam was discharged from the hospital after three days and is now at home recovering.
She was offered the chance to keep her stones in a glass jar but she refused.