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Man Can't Pee, Goes To Doctor - Even They're Horrified By What They Found In Him

A man went to visit his doctor to complain of pain in his side and trouble urinating. While that's not uncommon, what the doctor found to be the cause is.

A 64-year-old Californian man has amazed local doctors after they surgically removed a bladder stone that was roughly the size of a large ostrich egg. Bladder stones are the general term for hard lumps of minerals that form inside your bladder. The majority of bladder stones are small enough to be passed out with urine but, over time, larger lumps can remain in the bladder. People suffering from bladder stones can notice discomfort and irritation while urinating, especially when the small hard lumps start disrupting bodily processes.

The unnamed patient realized that he required medical attention when he noticed a sharp pain in his side and began to have difficulty going to the bathroom. Doctors were initially confused by the man’s symptoms and asked him to undertake a CT scan of the aggravated area. The results of the scans – which revealed a 4.7-inch by 3.7-inch by 3-inch bladder stone – were truly startling for the attending doctors. The CT scan also showed another, far smaller bladder stone in the man’s left ureter – a tube that transports bodily liquid waste products from the kidney to the bladder

The enormous size of the first bladder stone meant that doctors could not rely on the stone being passed naturally. In order to remove the weighty lump, doctors performed cystolitholapaxy surgery on the unidentified man. In cystolitholapaxy surgery, doctors use a very thin tube camera to look into a patient’s bladder and find any lumps. After the mineral stone was removed from the man’s bladder, doctors couldn’t resist weighing the massive lump. However, doctors and medical staff were disappointed to discover that the bladder stone ‘only’ weighed 1.7lbs (770g) – several pounds short of the Guinness World Record for the heaviest bladder stone. The actual record breaking bladder stone was removed from a man named Jose de Castro and weighed 4.2lbs (1.9kg).

The chance of developing bladder stones increases significantly after turning 50. Doctors report that the Californian man’s chances of suffering from bladder stones were further increased by an operation the man underwent earlier in life. According to information released by the New England Journal of Medicine, this unnamed man had previously undergone invasive bladder cancer treatment. When his bladder was removed, doctors used a neobladder process – which involves constructing an artificial bladder from the urethra, intestines and ureters – to ensure that he could still pass urine.

While this procedure is effective, it does increase the likelihood of the patient suffering from bladder stones in the future. According to NHS Choices, the most common symptoms of bladder stones are having bloody or dark colored urine, finding it difficult to urinate and painful urination. Online commenters have reacted to the news story with a mix of humor and shock. “I wonder how long it takes the body to produce something this large!??” wrote one shocked commenter on the Daily Mail. Another user, Mikew, decided to put a politicized spin on the story, writing: “All liberals should have their heads checked for these types of growth as it appears this is why they cannot think straight.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube, New England Journal of Medicine

Doctors removed the massive stone.

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