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Boy has 232 teeth removed during surgery

Posted on Thursday, 24 July, 2014 | Comment icon 22 comments

The surgery took 6 hours. Image Credit: US Navy
A rare medical condition saw a 17-year-old develop large numbers of teeth around a benign tumor.
The parents of Aashiq Gawai became concerned four months ago when they noticed that their son's teeth seemed to have started to grow at an exponential rate and his lower jaw had become swollen.

Doctors seemed somewhat baffled by the condition and consistently referred the boy to other hospitals and medical experts in an effort to get to the bottom of the mystery.

It was eventually determined that Aashiq had developed large numbers of tiny teeth around a tumor that had started to grow on his lower jaw. Surgeons worked for 6 hours and removed a staggering 232 teeth from the boy's mouth before they gave up trying to count them.

"The abnormal growth was a benign tumour," said Dr Sunanda Dhivare. "He had a normal jawline, but one molar tooth in the lower jaw had given birth to hundreds of tiny teeth."

Luckily the surgery went well and it is believed that Aashiq will go on to make a full recovery.

Source: Indian Express | Comments (22)

Tags: Teeth, Densit, Surgery

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 24 July, 2014, 13:03
I wonder just how tiny his teeth were? It's hard to imagine over 230 teeth in one human jaw.
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer on 24 July, 2014, 14:51
Anyone have any theories why so many bizarre human anomalies are found in India? My personal hypothesis is that historically, these congential disorders resulted in appearances that replicated Hindu gods or devas, so the child afflicted with them would be protected and revered as such. Thoughts? I was wondering the same thing. That general area of the world has some strange s4!t going on.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Eldorado on 24 July, 2014, 15:00
I wonder just how tiny his teeth were? It's hard to imagine over 230 teeth in one human jaw. My old mother-in-law had 500! And she used them all!
Comment icon #16 Posted by ealdwita on 24 July, 2014, 16:15
I wonder just how tiny his teeth were? It's hard to imagine over 230 teeth in one human jaw. Here's the answer to that question....He must have got through a small fortune in Colgate!
Comment icon #17 Posted by little_dreamer on 24 July, 2014, 22:55
It could have been a teratoma. These tumors sometimes contain teeth.
Comment icon #18 Posted by coolguy on 25 July, 2014, 3:07
Poor kid must have been in pain
Comment icon #19 Posted by Sundew on 25 July, 2014, 22:47
Yipe! With that many teeth, it's a wonder he didn't gnaw the tumor off himself! Very disturbing.
Comment icon #20 Posted by SaraT on 29 July, 2014, 10:35
That condition is called hyperdontia. It's not fully understood why it happens, but it's thought to be congenital. I know. It's Wikipedia but it's a good article nevertheless.
Comment icon #21 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 29 July, 2014, 16:13
That's no teen, that's a landshark!
Comment icon #22 Posted by Rei4ever on 4 August, 2014, 14:02
A real life shark boy!

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