An unnamed girl in India had been complaining of severe head pain and swelling in her mouth. Her concerned mother, a businesswoman based near Gurgaon, India, took her to a dentist.
An X-ray revealed the girl was suffering from compound odontoma, a complex tumor comprised of dental tissue which has grown in an irregular pattern. The 7-year-old girl was in surgery for over two hours to get the extra tissue and teeth removed.
How many extra teeth? Over 200.
"It was shocking to see such complex situation in the minor's mouth,” said Dr. Ajoy Roychoudhary, head of oral and maxillofacial surgery at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. "Normally we see a few abnormal teeth-like structures in such patients; 202 of them inside the mouth of a 7-year-old is shocking, and our prime task was to get rid of it."
Though the procedure seemed straightforward, it was a delicate and difficult surgery. Any mistake could have fractured the girl’s jaw, potentially resulting in a facial deformity.
“We used a special bone-cutting instrument to remove the tumor in this case," said Dr. Ongkila Bhutia, adjunct professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Centre of Dental Education and Research at AIIMS.
The surgery was a success, and the girl is now recovering. She is now reportedly able to chew only soft food, but she will be able to expand her diet in a few months.
"This is perhaps her best birthday gift," said a family member. "The surgery was conducted a day after her birthday. She cut the cake at the hospital only and celebrated it with her parents and doctors."
"The family has thanked AIIMS dental center for this remarkable achievement,” said a spokesperson for the family.