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October 30, 2006

Oooooouch!

Yoweee, this would have hurt:

Israeli doctors have removed a grapefruit-sized stone from the bladder of an Israeli woman after she left it untreated for years, possibly breaking world records.

The stone, removed in its entirety, had a diameter of 13 centimetres (5.1 inches) and weighed almost 1 kilogramme (2.2 lbs), doctors who treated the 48-year-old woman at the Western Galilee Hospital in northern Israel said.

No, not that bit, although obviously surgery isn't without pain. No, this bit:

Dehydration can often cause dissolved minerals in a person's urine to form masses inside their kidneys, ureters or bladder. Such "stones" causes abdominal pain by obstructing urine flow.

The stones usually do not grow beyond two inches and are often passed naturally.

'Passed naturally' means pissed out. A grapefruit sized stone? Thank God for surgery I think is the appropriate comment here.

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