Doctors find a bladder stone the size of a GRAPEFRUIT in a woman who complained about stomach pain and could not urinate
- The nameless 56-year-old went to her hospital and complained of stomach pain
- The doctors who treated her in Chicago found a & # 39; sturdy & # 39; mass in her stomach
- A CT scan then revealed an 11x11x10.4 cm stone in her bladder
- She had to go under the knife to have mammoth growth removed
A woman had to have a giant blowstone removed that was about the same size as a grapefruit.
The unnamed 56-year-old went to her local emergency department and complained for three days about stomach pain and trouble urinating.
Doctors treating her in Chicago found a & # 39; sturdy & # 39; and tender mass in her belly, forcing them to send her for a CT scan.
The fascinating scan, which doctors published in a medical journal, revealed that she had a stone of 11x11x10.4 cm in her bladder.
She had to go under the knife to have mammoth growth removed. Only a handful of reports have reported stones that are larger than 10 cm.
Doctors treating her in Chicago found a & # 39; sturdy & # 39; and tender mass in her belly, forcing them to send her for a CT scan. It turned out to be a blowstone
Doctors at the John H Stroger Jr Hospital in Cook County published the & # 39; extremely rare & # 39; story in the magazine Oxford Medical Case Reports.
They wrote: & # 39; As far as we know, there are only a few cases of giant bladder stones with complications from kidney injury.
& # 39; Due to the relative rarity of giant bladder stones, there is insufficient data on the incidence, management and long-term follow-up of this entity.
& # 39; However, early diagnosis and surgical management is required to prevent permanent kidney injury. & # 39;
The woman was diagnosed with severe post-obstructive acute kidney injury – when the organs no longer function properly.
She told doctors, led by Rohit Agrawal, that during the past six months she had fought regularly against dysuria (pain while urinating).
However, every time she was given antibiotics because doctors caused her pain due to a urinary tract infection.
Dr. Agrawal and colleagues wrote in the case report that she discovered that she could only pee efficiently while she was lying.
Doctors treating her in Chicago found a & # 39; sturdy & # 39; and tender mass in her belly, forcing them to send her for a CT scan. The fascinating scan that doctors published in a medical journal revealed that she had a stone of 11x11x10.4 cm in her bladder
Bladder stones are hard lumps of minerals that can form in the organ when it is not completely empty of urine, says the NHS. Pictured, a 3D reconstruction of the stone
Tests showed that its nitrogen content in the blood urea – a sign of kidney health – was 115 mg / dl, up to 16 times higher than it should be.
A CT scan then revealed the masses and a bladder stone was diagnosed with her – tending to hit people over 50.
Doctors also diagnosed the woman with hydronephrosis, the swelling of a kidney due to the accumulation of urine.
The team of doctors gave her antibiotics before she scheduled her on the third day of the operation.
She was discharged three days after the operation because her kidney function had improved, the doctors revealed.
Bladder stones are hard lumps of minerals that can form in the organ when it is not completely empty of urine, says the NHS.
Surgery is often needed to remove the stones, with lasers or stone-crushing devices that are used to break them before they are removed.
According to Guinness World Records, & # 39; the world's largest blowstone measured 17.9 x 12.7 x 9.55 cm. It was removed from a Brazilian man in 2003.
WHAT DO THE KIDNEYS DO AND HOW ARE THEY DAMAGED?
Most people have two kidneys and they play the crucial role of removing waste from the blood and controlling the overall fluid balance in the body.
They do this by removing or storing liquid and salt.
The urine that you pass is a combination of the fluid that the body must remove so that you do not get water and waste products that would make you unwell if they were not removed.
The kidneys also help to control blood pressure, prevent anemia by making healthy blood cells, keeping the bones strong and ensuring that the blood does not become too acidic.
Problems in the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra – or problems that can reduce the blood flow that the kidneys get as a weak heart or a serious infection – can cause the kidneys to malfunction
If the kidneys don't work well, people can become unwell.
Problems in the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra – or problems that can reduce the blood flow that the kidneys get as a weak heart or a serious infection – can cause the kidneys to malfunction.
However, the kidneys have a lot of reserve and in many people up to 80 percent of kidney function must be lost before they get sick.
People with kidney disease usually don't feel unwell until they have a lot of kidney damage and have no symptoms.
Tests for kidney disease include blood tests, measuring toxins, and urine tests, looking for blood or protein, neither should be there.
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