Extreme pain when pulling: Doctors diagnosed ostrich egg-sized bladder stones in patients

As big as an ostrich egg: doctors remove giant bladder stones
In California, a man was in a hospital emergency room because of severe left pain and urinary discomfort. During an examination, the doctors discovered two bladder stones - one of them was the size of an ostrich egg. The smaller stone could be smashed with a laser, the larger one was surgically removed.

Bubble stone the size of an ostrich egg
A 64-year-old man has gone to the emergency room at St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach, California, according to US media reports, because he has had left-sided flank pain and urination problems for three days. During a first examination, the doctors found sensitivity to pressure. The subsequent computed tomography of the abdomen and pelvis then showed that there was a stone in the ureter and in the bladder of the patient - the larger one was the size of an ostrich egg.

Patient has had a neoblase since cancer treatment
As the doctors in the New England Journal of Medicine report, the man had been treated for bladder cancer over ten years ago and has had a so-called neoblase, a continent bladder replacement made from the small intestine.

According to the authors, the use of intestinal segments can promote the formation of urinary stones.

The stone, which was finally operated on from the neon bladder, was egg-shaped, measured 12 by 9.5 by 7.5 centimeters and weighed 770 grams.

The smaller stone in the left ureter could be smashed with a laser.

According to the information, the patient recovered well after treatment and continues to be monitored for the development of bladder stones.

The heaviest bladder stone to date weighed almost two kilos
The bladder stone now removed by the American was not yet record-breaking despite its enormous size.

According to a report in the US edition of "Newsweek", the largest bladder stone ever documented was taken in 2003 from a 62-year-old cancer patient in Brazil.

According to "Guinness World Records" it weighed 1.9 kilograms and was 17.9 centimeters long.

Bladder stones often go unnoticed for months
Bladder stones usually form in the bladder, for example when urine cannot flow freely when urinating. Urinary stones can also be transported from the kidney pelvis through the ureter into the bladder.

Although bladder stones can cause massive pain, the deposits in the urinary tract often remain symptom-free for months, sometimes even for years, and do not cause any health problems.

But as soon as the stones get stuck in the kidney pelvis or in the ureter, those affected usually suffer from significant, suddenly occurring, colic-like pelvic pain that can radiate into the flanks.

Painful urination also occurs. There may be blood in the urine. In addition, there is often a constant urge to urinate.

But although those affected have to go to the toilet again and again, the amount of urine when urinating is low.

Health experts recommend seeing a doctor if you experience painful urination or unusual cramp-like pain in the lower abdomen.

Fluid intake is crucial for urinary stone prevention
Although bladder stones usually develop when urine outflow from the bladder is impaired - for example due to an enlarged prostate or a bladder emptying disorder - nutrition also plays an important role.

For example, uric acid stones form when the urine is over-saturated with uric acid and are favored by the excessive consumption of meat and salt-rich foods.

Therefore, according to health experts, with regard to the risk of urinary stones, it is generally sensible to eat less meat and to prefer plant-based foods.

In addition to eating habits, adequate fluid intake is assessed as one of the key factors in avoiding urinary stones.

Although it is still a widespread misconception that complaints that already arise can be remedied by increased fluid intake, drinking enough water or unsweetened drinks can successfully prevent bladder stones. (ad)

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