An Indian boy found 526 extra teeth. What is this disease?

Do you have friends who work in the hospital? Sure, they know a lot of interesting stories from medical practice, which can surprise and even scare you. Dentists from the Indian city of Chennai, for example, definitely have something to tell their friends, relatives and the whole world, because in July 2019 they extracted a tumor from the jaw of a 7-year-old boy, consisting of 526 tiny teeth. It may seem impossible, but in the mouth of some people, hundreds of teeth can actually grow, and this disease even has a formal name.

This disease is called odontoma and representsis a benign tumor on the jaw, consisting of overgrown dental tissue. As a rule, such a tumor is found in children aged 6 to 11 years old - it is at this time that their molars begin to erupt. The disease often develops without any symptoms, therefore, its presence will be recognized either when the tumor reaches a large size (sometimes up to the size of a chicken egg) or during an X-ray examination. Odontomy may develop if it has previously been found in one of the relatives, or after jaw injuries.

Swelling in mouth

Parents of a boy named Ravindran took himto the hospital on July 11 after noticing the enlarged tumor on his right cheek. During the computed tomography, which allows you to examine the state of the internal organs of the person, the doctors noticed on the right jaw of the boy a “bag” filled with hundreds of teeth. They immediately offered the parents a free operation to remove it - the mother and father agreed at once, but the boy had to persuade for a long time.

Ravindran, his parents and doctors

So that the little patient does not feel pain,the doctor gave him a painkiller. Apparently, it took him quite a lot, because the process took as much as one and a half hours. Over the next five hours, surgeons removed a 200-gram tumor from the jaw and counted 526 teeth in it from 0.1 to 15 millimeters in size. Practically each of them had its own root and was covered with tooth enamel.

Why do tumors occur?

Fortunately, when removing the jaw tumorthe boy was not hurt. However, due to the disease he did not grow two molar teeth, therefore, having matured, he will have to insert implants. At the moment, the boy has 21 teeth - for his age, this is quite a normal amount. Why he developed such a disease is still unknown - doctors say that the susceptibility to the occurrence of such a tumor could be transmitted to him from his parents, or the environment harmful for people is to blame. Doctors are inclined to believe that the changes in the boy's body could have been caused by the harmful radiation of cellular towers. To be honest, the version of heredity sounds much more believable.

X-ray with odontoma (bottom right)

This is not the only time dentistshave found in man a great odonto. In 2014, in the Indian city of Mumbai, a 17-year-old boy was removed by a tumor, inside of which there were 232 teeth. Also, doctors once removed a tumor weighing 300 grams, but how many teeth it contained is not known.

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The medical workers are really verymany interesting stories. What is worth the case that occurred in one of the Australian hospitals - during a surgical operation in the chest of one of the patients there was a fire. The most interesting thing is that this is not the only case of fire in the patient's chest.

This is interesting: Our ancient ancestors had the same problems with their teeth.

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