Indian Teen Has 232 'Teeth' Removed From His Mouth
Ashik Gavai, 17, from Mumbai, India, was suffering from a rare condition called Complex Odontoma, where haphazardly arranged tooth-like growths develop.
Gavai had to undergo a painstaking seven-hour surgery in order to extract the unusual growths from his mouth at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai after complaining about a swelling in his lower jaw.
The head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, told AFP: 'We thought it [would] be simple surgery but once we opened [him up] there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone."
According to Daily Mail, the surgeons also found a larger 'marble-like' structure which they struggled to remove. It eventually had to be 'chiselled out' and remove in pieces, Ms Dhivare-Palwankar added.
The teenager's father, Suresh Gavai, expressed his concerns to the Mumbai Mirror newspaper that he had feared the swelling was a cancerous growth. Fortunately the surgeons managed to maintain teenager's jawbone structure, meaning it should heal without any deformities. Once removed, odontomas do not recur.
Horrifying!!! Indians seem to have the most bizarre cases of people with anomalies and deformities? Could it be caused by too much consumption of unknown spices, herbs and other strange roots and plants they take during their lifetime and while pregnant? I just don't get it.