A woman with severe abdominal pain arrived at the hospital’s emergency department, and doctors were taken aback by what they discovered. A doctor from India set a new world record after removing a staggering number of gallstones from a 51-year-old patient. Minati Mondal was admitted to Debdoot Sevayan Hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal, in eastern India, with severe abdominal pain.
After tests, gastrointestinal endo surgeon Makhan Lala Saha determined that the pain and acid reflux Mondal was experiencing were caused by gallbladder stones. Dr. Saha removed 11,950 gallstones during the hour-long laparoscopic surgery. It took the nurse a long time to count them all. They stated that they expected a large number of gallstones, but they did not expect a new world record to be set. “I was astounded to see the large number of stones that we extracted from this patient’s gall bladder.”
I had no idea a gall bladder could contain so many stones.” It took my assistants four hours to count the number of stones ranging in size from 2mm to 5mm. It took us 50 minutes to get them out.” Dr. Saha has requested that the specimen be kept at the Royal College of Pathologists in London. “Two months ago, I operated on a girl who had 1,110 stones, but despite the shocking number, I discovered that doctors in Britain had removed 3,110 stones from a German patient’s gall bladder in 1983.”
“However, I believe this number can replace the previous record because it is three times higher.” The patient was discharged from the hospital after a two-day stay and is doing well. Gallstones are hardened digestive fluid deposits that can form in the gallbladder. They can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. Gallstones can cause biliary colic, which is characterized by sharp, intense pain in the upper right part of the abdomen.