Doctors have pulled out 526 teeth from a seven-year-old boy's mouth in a world first after he complained that his mouth hurt.
The boy called Ravindran, who only goes by one name, was admitted to a private hospital after suffering severe pain and swelling in his jaw.
His parents, dad Parbhu, 40, and mum Rajakumari, 33, feared that he had cancer in his jaw when they took him to Saveetha Dental College in Chennai in southern India.
But medics were stunned after they performed a CT Scan and X-ray and found a large lesion in the boy's mouth that was filled with hundreds of teeth.
Doctors further noticed a well-defined five-inch bag like mass which was removed in entirety. A surgery was soon performed to remove the sac.
It took doctors five-long hours of meticulous searching to remove all the minute teeth from the opened bag-like specimen.
Pathologists at the hospital called the sac "reminiscent of pearls in an oyster”.
According to the doctors, this is the first ever case documented in the world in which in an individual has been found to have so many minute teeth.
The child had been suffering for the last four years but was left undiagnosed.
"His parents had taken him to doctor but the investigation couldn’t be done because the boy didn’t cooperate with the doctors.
Professor P Senthilnathan, from the hospital's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, said: "The parents first noticed the swelling when the boy was three years old.
“But they didn't bother much as the swelling wasn't much then and the boy did not cooperate with investigative procedures either.
“Later as swelling increased, the parents brought the boy to our hospital.
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