The outcomes, conditions, and locations may differ, yet the take-home message of so many bizarre medical case stories is the same: when things get weird, don’t wait, go to the doctor.
The plight of Yogesh Yewle, a 43-year-old man from western India, provides the latest health-related teachable moment.
According to multiple sources, Yewle, a hardware store manager, had been suffering from intermittent abdominal pain for some time, but never sought treatment; choosing to drown out his symptoms with antacids and over the counter painkillers.
Last Thursday, however, the discomfort became so extreme that he went to the Krishna Hospital in Nashik.
Once admitted, doctors performed a suite of imaging scans that indicated the gallbladder – a small organ that stores fat-digesting bile produced by the liver – was the source of the pain.
"The sonography showed that a single mass was occupying the entire gallbladder, as in sonography it is difficult to distinguish between the small stones," Dr Amit Sharad Kele, the surgeon who operated on Yewle, told Fox News.
"Whereas the CT scan report showed cholecystitis, which is inflammation of the gallbladder. However, the CT scan did not show any gallstones because they are radiolucent which means they are entirely transparent to radiation and almost entirely invisible in X-ray photographs."
Expecting a routine gallstone removal procedure, Dr Kele and his surgical team began a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure on Saturday, May 26.
“Usually we get to see two to twenty stones, but here there were so many and when we counted them, it was a whopping 4,100.”
(Fun fact: According to Guinness World Records, the most stones removed at one time was 23,530, taken from an 85-year-old British woman in 1987)