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.
"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.