Woman Comes In Complaining Of Pain - Doctors Horrified By What They Pull Out

This might redefine the term 'cautionary tale', and provide an excellent reason to stop skipping the most important meal of the day.

A woman in China underwent a harrowing 6.5-hour surgery, in which doctors removed more than 200 stones of various sizes. Doctors believe that the woman's bad habit of skipping breakfast and eating at irregular hours for more than 10 years are what caused the stones. Medical experts in the U.K. are doubtful of the explanation given by Chinese doctors.

The woman, known as Ms. Chen, was a patient at the Guangji Hospital in Hezhou on July 15. During the long, grueling surgery, doctors found more than 200 stones distributed throughout the woman's gallbladder and liver. Some, according to the surgeons, were as big as eggs.

The 45-year-old woman has an unusual job and keeps irregular hours: she collects pine tree resin. Because of this, she doesn't eat on a normal schedule. She often skips breakfast, and many of her meals consist of leftovers.

For the last 10 years, Chen has experienced abdominal pain. Doctors advised her to have the surgery, but she was afraid to go through with it and repeatedly refused.

According to WebMD, a person can have gallstones without realizing it. Millions of people have them and suffer no symptoms; they're just floating around in the liver or in the gallbladder, and aren't causing any harm. When these stones move or become lodged in a bile duct, it can result in symptoms. The obstructions can lead to inflammation of the pancreas, resulting in pancreatitis.

Symptoms include stomach pain, back pain, nausea, and vomiting. Pain usually occurs after eating a large meal. If gallstones migrate to the small intestines and block the passage way into the large intestines, symptoms, including fever and vomiting, can become severe.

Ms. Chen’s pain finally became 'unbearable' and she was rushed to the emergency room. That's when the surgery began, and doctors were shocked by the number of stones they found.

Stones are tiny crystallized formations made of cholesterol. They usually form in the gallbladder, but can be found in the liver as well. Females, particularly overweight females and women over the age of 40, are most likely to suffer from these stones.

Weight-loss surgery and dieting, according to Dr. Quan Xuwei, can also exacerbate the condition.

Dr. Quan performed the surgery on Chen, and he claims that there is a connection between bad breakfast habits and the stone condition. Skipping or rushing breakfast causes the gallbladder to shrink or expand, resulting in the build-up of bile. This is what leads to high cholesterol and calcium levels, says Quan, and is a contributing factor.

According to DailyMail.com, vice president of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Dr. George Webster, says there is no evidence to support such claims. He calls Quan's hypothesis 'pure speculation'.

Webster says the cause of stones is unclear, but he feels it's more likely due to bile duct infections than to breakfast habits.

According to WebMD, "Family history, diabetes, sudden weight loss, and cholesterol drugs, and older age can also increase risk for gallstones."

In addition, pregnancy, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy may also contribute.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Hezhou Guangji Hospital/MailOnline

Doctors reportedly removed 200 stones in one procedure.

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