A 60-year-old man from Sri Lanka has made history by having the world’s largest kidney stone removed. The stone, which was the size of a grapefruit, weighed in at 801 grams (1.76 pounds).
The man, who has not been identified, had been suffering from severe pain in his back and side for several months. He eventually went to the hospital, where doctors performed a CT scan that revealed the large kidney stone.
The stone was blocking the man’s ureter, which is the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder. This caused the urine to back up into the kidney, which led to the pain and other symptoms.
Doctors were able to remove the stone using a minimally invasive procedure called ureteroscopy. This procedure involves inserting a thin tube through the urethra and into the bladder. The tube is then used to guide a small camera and surgical instruments into the ureter.
The stone was broken up into small pieces using a laser and then removed from the ureter. The procedure was successful and the man is now recovering well.
This is the largest kidney stone ever removed, according to Guinness World Records. The previous record was set in 2008, when a 620-gram (1.37-pound) stone was removed from a patient in Pakistan.
Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys. They can be caused by a number of factors, including dehydration, high levels of certain minerals in the urine, and certain medications.
Kidney stones can cause a wide range of symptoms, including pain, nausea, vomiting, and blood in the urine. In some cases, kidney stones can block the ureter and cause a serious condition called hydronephrosis.
If you experience any of the symptoms of a kidney stone, it is important to see a doctor right away. Kidney stones can be treated successfully, but the sooner they are treated, the better.