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232 teeth removed from teen in 7hr ordeal



    Jul 25, 2014

    232 teeth removed from teen in 7hr ordeal


    SURGEONS in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said yesterday.

    Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city's JJ Hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma, Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of the hospital's dentistry department, said.

    "We operated on Monday and it took us almost seven hours. We thought it would be a simple surgery, but once we operated, there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone," she said.

    After removing them, they also found a larger "marble-like" structure, which they struggled to shift, and eventually had to "chisel out" and remove in fragments.