A seven-year-old boy in India complaining of swelling and pain in his right jaw was found to have 526 teeth, reported CNN.
The boy was rushed to a hospital in Chennai where x-rays showed a sac embedded in his lower jaw which the doctors referred to as “abnormal teeth”.
The surgeons examined each tooth individually before surgically removing the sac from the boy’s mouth.
They emptied the sac – which took four to five hours – and discovered hundreds of teeth.
After treatment, the boy was left with 21 healthy teeth.
"There were a total of 526 teeth ranging from 0.1 millimeters (.004 inches) to 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and enamel coat indicating it was a tooth," said Dr Prathiba Ramani, the head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital.
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The doctor reported that the boy was suffering from a very rare condition known as ‘compound composite odontoma’ - the unknown causes of which may genetics or environmental factors.
The boy's parents told doctors he had swelling in his jaw since the age of three but the child never allowed doctors to examine him.
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