232 "teeth-like structures" removed from 17-year-old boy`s mouth

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: A rare medical situation has recently come into light at a South Mumbai hospital. Surgeons here have removed 232 "teeth-like structures" from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy, who was suffering from "complex odontoma" condition.

This boy named Ashik Gavai studies in tenth standard and hails from a Valsavangi village in Buldhana district of Aurangabad. He started developing this abnormal condition about four months back.

The boy's parents first approached a public hospital in Aurangabad, which referred him to JJ hospital while stating that the boy's condition was out of their medical expertise.

"The patient had a painless swelling on the right side of his lower jaw, which was also not looking good cosmetically. The concerned parents then approached a hospital in Aurangabad who referred the case to us," said Dr Sunanda Dhivare, head of JJ hospital's dentistry department.

"The X-Ray tests conducted on the patient revealed the presence of teeth-like structures, which were not possible to be removed without conducting a surgery," she said.

 "The boy and his parents are from a poor background and they could not even afford to pay the subsidised rates of the operation. We had to, therefore, enrol the boy's name in Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Yojana, so that he could be operated free of cost," Dhivare said.

"Ashik has been admitted in our hospital from the last 10 days and the six-hour-long surgery was successfully conducted on July 21 by the hospital's dental and the ENT departments," Dhivare said.

The boy would be kept under observation for the next 10 days, after which his stitches will be removed, she added.

With Agency Inputs

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