A 64-year-old man has had to have a bladder stone nearly as big as an ostrich egg surgically removed at a hospital in the US.
The man had been experiencing pain in his left side and reported having trouble urinating for three days, so he went to the emergency room at St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach.
The CT scan revealed a bladder stone which was the size of an ostrich egg weighing close to 770 grams.The stone measuring 4.7 inches by 3.7 inches by 3 inches is massive and rare, but the largest ever bladder stone was found in Brazil measuring 7 inches by 5 inches by 3.7 inches.
Bladder stones are capable of making life difficult for an individual causing difficulty in urinating and also being a source of excruciating pain. But while these stones are usually small enough to pass through naturally, some rare cases can’t be taken lightly.
Most won’t get to this size, though. The patient was a special case. After agressive bladder cancer over 10 years ago, surgeons had removed his bladder, and constructed a new one out of pieces of intestine.
The St Mary patient had to have his stone surgically removed, although the smaller stone was treatable with lasers. He has had no complications following the procedure, and his doctors are monitoring him for new stones.