A worrisome growth in an Indian teenager’s jawbone turns out to having been harboring 232 teeth.
The 17-year-old, named as Ashik Gavai, underwent a roughly-seven-hour-long surgery at a hospital in Mumbai, where his father had taken him fearing the growth might be cancerous.
"I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai," the father told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper.
The condition has been identified as complex odontoma.
Head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department, Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar said, "We operated on Monday and it took us almost seven hours. We thought it may be a simple surgery but once we opened it there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone."
After removing those they also found a larger "marble-like" structure which they struggled to shift and eventually had to "chisel out" and remove in fragments, she added.
Dhivare-Palwankar said that 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 tumor in the past.
“But in Ashik's case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and it had hundreds of teeth."