A man in Vietnam silently suffered for 10 years before doctors discovered a six-inch stone weighing three pounds inside of his bladder.
The 51-year-old man, known only as N.V.B, sought medical help after he was unable to urinate, the Daily Mail reports.
When doctors investigated, they found the huge bladder stone weighing 3.3 pounds.
“Bladder stones are hard masses of minerals in your bladder,” Mayo Clinic explains. “Bladder stones develop when urine in your bladder becomes concentrated, causing minerals in your urine to crystallize.“
Some with bladder stones complain of lower abdominal pain to painful, frequent urination and other symptoms.
However, while the condition made N.V.B. suffer for years, it can sometimes come with little to no symptoms.
The stones can be prevented through a certain lifestyle changes.
“Drinking more fluids, especially water, may help prevent bladder stones because fluids dilute the concentration of minerals in your bladder,” explains Mayo Clinic.
Regularly urinating when one feels the need to also helps.
Most stones can easily pass through by itself, but doctor's say given the size of N.V.B’s, surgery was necessary.
While it’s not clear what kind of surgery was performed, it could have been removed through a procedure called cystolitholapaxy or even open surgery.
“Your doctor then uses a laser, ultrasound or mechanical device to break the stone into small pieces and flushes the pieces from your bladder,” Mayo Clinic says of the former operation.
Yet for those particularly large stones, open surgery may be necessary.
“In these cases, your doctor makes an incision in your bladder and directly removes the stones,” Mayo Clinic states.
Luckily, doctors promptly performed a successful operation on the patient, who is now recovering.
Bladder stones are not all people should be concerned about.
Kidney stones captured national attention in May 2016 after a KDKA report said they are on the rise among American children.
“The incidence of kidney stones in children is increasing over approximately the past ten years. the risk of a child having a kidney stone has doubled, especially in adolescents," Dr. Michael Moritz, a kidney specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, said. "We’re seeing a higher incidence of stones in all age groups."