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Doctors remove ostrich egg size stone from man’s bladder

CALIFORNIA — Doctors in a California,US hospital have removed a huge bladder stone from a 64-year-old man who complained of pain and struggling to urinate.

The bladder stone was as large as an ostrich egg which measured 4.7 inches by 3.7 inches by 3 inches (12 by 9.5 by 7.5cms).

Bladder stones usually affect people older than 50 and they are often small enough to be passed in urine but on this occasion, doctors had to surgically remove it.

According to a report in the LiveScience, the 64-year-old man went to the emergency room because he had pain in his left side and trouble urinating. His doctors found an egg-shaped bladder stone that weighed a whopping 1.7 lbs. (770 grams).

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CT scans of the man’s adbomen also revealed another, much smaller stone in the man’s left ureter, which is the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder, according to the report, which was published on Sept 6 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors stated that the man had an invasive bladder cancer over a decade ago. He was also given laser treatment to break down another smaller stone in addition to the surgery for removing the big stone.

Bladder stones show up in people’s bodies when they can’t empty their bladders, forming hard masses of minerals, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Symptoms could include severe abdominal pain or blood in the urine, though people don’t always show symptoms.