232 teeth removed from Indian boy




Surgeons in India have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of a Mumbai teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, reports ‘The Guardian’.

Ashik Gavai, 17, required 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, said head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar.

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

The teenager had been suffering for 18 months and travelled to the city from his village after local doctors failed to identify the cause of the problem, BBC reports.

Dhivare-Palwankar said the literature they had come across on the condition showed a maximum of 37 teeth being removed in such a procedure, whereas she and her team had counted more than 232 taken from Gavai's mouth. "It could be a world record," she said.