By Kyle James   |  09-07-2017   News
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A California man went to the hospital for bladder problems and the doctors found a mineral stone that was almost the size of an ostrich egg. The man was a 64-year-old who had undergone treatment for bladder cancer a decade ago when they removed his bladder.

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<span style="margin-top:15px;rgba(42,51,6,0.7);font-size:12px;">Credit: The New England Journal of Medicine</span>

The doctors had reconstructed him a new bladder out of parts of the intestinal tract called a 'neobladder' and this is known to increase the chance of bladder stones. The unusual size was a shock to doctors, the stone weighed 1.7 lbs. and was 4.7 inches by 3.7 inches by 3 inches the report showed. These bladder stones are mineral masses that can form in the bladder, or in this case the neobladder. These mineral stone range anywhere from smaller than the eye can see to the world record stone that measured 7 inches long and 5 inches thick and 3.7 inches tall weighing in a 4.2 pounds.

The man also underwent a CT scan which revealed a smaller stone in his left ureter, the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The report was published on September 6th in the New England Journal of Medicine. The large stone was surgically removed and the smaller one was broken up with a laser. He is expected to make a full recovery and is being monitored closely by his doctors.

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Source: https://www.livescience.com/60332-bladder-stone-the-size-of-ostrich-egg.html#sthash.PZ99gxKM.uxfs

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