Dr. Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai’s J.J Hospital’s dental department has recently handled a shocking new case- Ashik Gavai, a teen from India was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, which was apparently due to the presence of 232 teeth in his mouth!!!
After the failure of local doctors to identify the cause of the problem, the teenager who had been suffering for 18 months travelled to the city from his village.
His condition has been described as ‘very rare’ and ‘a world record’ by the doctors.
“Ashik’s malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth. It’s a sort of benign tumour,” Dr Dhiware said.
After the completion of the operation, Ashik Gavai’s teeth were put on display by the doctors.
While pulling teeth from his mouth, the teenager had to endure seven hours of medics.
The completion of successful operation was all smiles from the medical team.
“At first, we couldn’t cut it out so we had to use the basic chisel and hammer to take it out.
“Once we opened it, little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one-by-one. Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted 232 teeth,” she added.
Two surgeons and two assistants were involved in the surgery conducted on Monday. The head of the hospital’s ENT (ear, nose and throat) Dr. Vandana Thorawade led the team. Only 28 teeth are now with Ashik.
Describing Ashik’s case as “very rare”, Dr Dhiware said she had “not seen anything like this before in my 30-year career”, but said she was “thrilled to get such an exciting case”.
“According to medical literature available on the condition, it is known to affect the upper jaw and a maximum of 37 teeth have been extracted from the tumour in the past. But in Ashik’s case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and it had hundreds of teeth.”
His son complained of severe pain a month ago was said by Ashikh’s father, Suresh Gavai and quoted by the Mumbai Mirror.
“I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai,” he said.