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‘Stone Baby’ found inside 73-year-old woman’s womb amazes medical experts



Doctors left baffled as rare ‘Lithopedion’ unveiled in emergency procedure on Algerian woman

In a startling medical revelation, doctors were astounded to uncover a ‘stone baby’ within the abdomen of a 73-year-old woman from Algeria, who sought emergency care due to severe abdominal pains. The extraordinary find has left the medical community in awe and raised awareness about the rare condition known as ‘lithopedion.’

The woman’s journey began with excruciating abdominal pain, leading doctors to conduct scans in an attempt to diagnose the cause. To their shock, the scans revealed a ‘baby made of stone’ in her fallopian tube. Further studies confirmed the presence of a ‘lithopedion,’ an exceptionally rare condition described by the National Library of Medicine as an ectopic pregnancy evolving to fetal death and calcification.

Dr. Karan Raj, explaining the phenomenon on TikTok, clarified that a lithopedion occurs when a fetus dies during an abdominal ectopic pregnancy, where a fertilized egg implants itself outside the womb, typically in the fallopian tubes. The NHS highlights that ectopic pregnancies pose risks to the mother’s health, and surgery is often the sole viable option.

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“This is an incredibly rare type of ectopic pregnancy when the fetus grows outside the uterus,” Dr. Raj elaborated. He detailed that if the deceased fetus is too large to be reabsorbed by the mother’s body, it becomes a foreign body to the mother’s immune system, leading to calcification and mummification.

The National Library of Medicine notes that most individuals with lithopedion are asymptomatic, and the diagnosis is usually incidental during imaging studies. In this case, the woman had been carrying the calcified and mummified fetus for 35 years, showcasing the rarity and complexity of the situation.

While the revelation may evoke shock, Dr. Raj’s TikTok viewers expressed a mix of amazement and concern. One viewer marveled at the natural wonders of the human body, while others acknowledged the unsettling aspects of pregnancy. As this phenomenon occurs in only 0.0054 percent of all gestations, it remains an exceptionally uncommon occurrence.

The extraordinary case underscores the complexity of reproductive health and serves as a reminder of the intricate and sometimes baffling nature of the human body.


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