In what is believed to be the world’s longest ectopic pregnancy, doctors have removed the skeleton of an unborn baby that had been inside a woman for 38 years.
In 1978, 24-year-old Jyoti Kumar from central India became pregnant.
After doctors found that the child was growing outside of her womb, they warned Kumar that her unborn child had little chance of survival.
MailOnline reports that Kumar, terrified at the thought of an operation, sought treatment for the pain at a small clinic. When the pain subsided months later, Kumar was convinced the problem had been treated.
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Now, however, 38 years later, Kumar again started to experience constant pain in her stomach. The now-62-year-old woman visited doctors at the NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences in central India.
As Dr. Mohammad Yunus Shah said, “She said the pain had been consistent over the last two months and we found a lump on the lower right side of her abdomen, and feared it was cancer.”
Sonography confirmed the presence of a lump in her abdomen, but, as Shah said, “a CT scan then revealed that the lump was made of hard, calcified matter.”
“But it was only after the patient underwent an MRI that we could make out that the mass was in fact a child’s skeleton,” Shah said.
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The team of surgeons discovered a mass containing a matured skeleton encapsulated in a calcified set. The mass was found between the uterus, the intestines and the bladder, and was stuck to all of the organs.
For the past few months, Kumar had been experiencing pain and urinary problems with fever; Shah explained that the mass had been compressing the urinary system, which had compromised the functioning of the kidneys.
Shah and the team of surgeons operated to remove the bones of the stillborn child.
The doctor noted that before Kumar’s 38-year ectopic pregnancy, the next longest ectopic pregnancy recorded in medical literature has lasted for 18 years.
Shah said that they asked for Kumar’s detailed medical history “and all we could get was that the patient’s brother told us that in 1978 she was pregnant and had some complications.” Shah added that the woman, knowing that her baby had died and scared at the prospect of surgery, “went away to her village without undergoing the operation.”