A TEENAGER, who put up with pain in his mouth for years, has had 232 teeth removed.
Ashik Gavai, 17, from Buldhana, stunned doctors at Sir J.J. Hospital 10 days ago when he came with an ugly large swelling on the right side of his face.
A series of tests and examinations suggested a rare abnormal growth affecting the second molar on the lower right side of his jaw.
"Initially, it was not very clear what it could be and so we decided to go in for surgery yesterday (Monday)," said Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of the hospital's dental department.
As the surgery progressed, the team of medicos was aghast to see scores and scores of tiny teeth popping out of that abnormal molar, which was measuring around 3.5X2 cm, or the size of a large marble.
"At the final count, we had a total of 232 small pearlies, all independently developing as teeth, coming out of that lone molar!" Dhivare-Palwankar told IANS here Tuesday.
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