- A man in California experienced pain and struggled to urinate
- X-ray images showed he had a huge bladder stone
- It was the size of an ostrich egg and doctors removed it
Doctors in California, US have removed a huge bladder stone from a 64-year-old man who complained of pain and struggling to urinate.
The bladder stone was as large as an ostrich egg. It measured 4.7 inches by 3.7 inches by 3 inches (12 by 9.5 by 7.5cms) and weighed 700g.
Bladder stones usually affect people older than 50. They are often small enough to be passed in urine but on this occasion, doctors had to surgically remove it.
X-ray images also showed a much smaller stone in the unidentified man's left ureter, the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder.
The patient also informed doctors that he was treated for bladder cancer about 10 years ago.
Doctors believe that the treatment he received for the cancer may have contributed to the stones he's having now. The man is now fine and is recovering well.
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