Photos of a giant bladder stone recently surgically removed by a young woman have made the rounds on Vietnamese social media.
Several Vietnamese media outlets reported the case of a 34-year-old woman who showed up at the emergency room at Phu Binh General Hospital in Thay Nguyen complaining of severe abdominal pain. After some tests, a CT scan revealed that the woman had a massive, rounded mass in her stomach. She was due to have an emergency surgery and a stone over 10 cm long and 400 grams was pulled from her bladder.
The news reports don’t provide too much information on the case, but the photos include a CT scan and a nurse posing with the giant stone. It was obviously a pretty rare sight in the hospital …
Giant bladder stones weighing more than 100g are rare, according to a 2014 case report in the Turkish Journal of Urology. Over the years, fewer than 85 cases have been reported in English with a stone over 100 grams. If confirmed, then this 400 gram stone is definitely considered a medicinal curiosity.
This is a far cry from the largest bladder stone ever recorded. In 2016, Chinese doctors reported the case of a 54-year-old man who had a massive pelvic stone weighing 1,048 grams in his bladder. And that was just the largest bladder stone ever recorded in China.
Photos of the 34-year-old woman’s 400 gram bladder stone have gone viral in Vietnam in the past few days, with most users expressing disbelief about the woman’s pain threshold.
“I had little sand, but I was in excruciating pain. How could this person endure the pain caused by this thing? “Asked one person. Others wondered how she didn’t feel pain before the stone got so big.
The reason some people’s bodies tend to produce these types of unusual mineral deposits is still unknown.