Woman, 54, ‘who doesn’t like drinking water or having breakfast’ is found to have 7,750 stones in her gallbladder
- Surgeons removed all stones in a three-hour operation in Wuhan, China
- Some stones were as large as quail eggs and many were like mung beans
- They claimed the woman’s dietary habits were to blame for the condition
- UK experts said gallstones are common, but their cause is often unclear
Surgeons have removed 7,750 stones from a woman’s gallbladder in a single operation, according to a Chinese hospital.
Medics claimed that the stones were most likely caused by the fact that the 54-year-old patient didn’t like drinking water or having breakfast.
It is said that some of the stones were as large as quail eggs, and many of them were about the size of a mung bean.
The stones were removed from the woman recently in a three-hour operation in Wuhan, China
The three-hour operation recently took place at the Wuhan Jingdu Stone Hospital in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei Province.
The woman, known as Ms He, said she had been found to have ‘several’ gallstones seven years ago, but could undergo surgery due to high blood pressure.
She recently went to the hospital after suffering from ‘unbearable’ pain in her abdomen.
She said she was shocked to discover that the number of her gallstones had increased rapidly to thousands.
‘I didn’t know I should have had so many stones,’ the woman told a reporter from Hubei TV Station.
The 54-year-old woman (pictured) said she rarely drank water or eat breakfast. She was shocked to be told she had thousands of gallstones after suffering from pain in her abdomen
Shen Zhangyi, the director of the hospital who conducted the surgery, said he had never seen so many stones in one patient.
He said the stones could have led to life-threatening complications in Ms He.
He explained that if the smaller stones had gone into Ms He’s bile duct, she might develop serious conditions such as jaundice and acute pancreatitis.
Gallstones, formed in the gallbladder, are tiny crystals usually made of cholesterol.
According to NHS, people who are overweight and over 40 years old, especially females, are more likely to suffer from gallstones.
Dieting and weight-loss surgery could also lead to the condition.
Surgeon Shen Zhangyi said the patient’s condition was caused by her dietary habits
Ms He confessed that she rarely drank water or eat breakfast, and surgeon Shen believed those habits were the cause of her condition.
‘Drinking little water [could be the cause] of gallstones and kidney stones because [the fluid in the patient’s] body is too thick,’ the medic said.
He added: ‘If [one] doesn’t eat breakfast in the morning, [his or her] gallbladder wouldn’t contract and release bile to digest food.
‘If the bile stays in the body for too long, it’s easy for the cholesterol inside to crystalise and become stones.’
However, experts in the UK have claimed that it would be ‘pure speculation’ to implicate particular dietary habit as the cause of gallstones.
Gallstones, formed in the gallbladder, are tiny crystals usually made of cholesterol
In a previous interview, Dr George Webster from the British Society of Gastroenterology told MailOnline that stones in the gallbladder are a common problem worldwide, but the cause is often unclear and may be associated with obesity.
It is more common to find patients who have stones in the liver in China and East Asia than in the West, and this is probably because of the increased rates of infection in the bile ducts, added Dr Webster.
In 2015, a doctor was astonished to remove a staggering 11,950 gallstones from inside an Indian woman – thought to be a new world record.