In the second such story to emerge from India, doctors have removed 80 teeth from the upper jaw of a seven-year-old boy. The rare surgery was performed at a hospital in the Indore city of India last Friday.
After nearly four hours of complex surgery at the Maharaja Yeshwantrao (MY) hospital, doctors removed the 80 teeth formed in one of the jaws of the boy, identified as Vivek.
Advertisement"The patient had visited us five days ago with abscess in upper jaw. We diagnosed it a case of odontoma. We removed 80 teeth after clearing abscess, which is rare in tender age," said Dr. Bharat Maheshwari, who led the surgery.
Odontoma is a benign tumor that results in the formation of cluster of cells or dental tissue that resembles tooth-like structures in the patient's gums or jaw.
"Teeth forming cells in such a large number are not found in kids of this age group. Had the patient visited us four years later, at least 200-odd teeth could have developed. The surgery is difficult in such cases as jaw becomes weak, heightening chances of fractures," said Dr. Ankit Khasgiwala.