Elderly Vietnam woman found to have ‘stone baby’

By Hien Luong, Thanh Nien News

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Elderly Vietnam woman found to have ‘stone baby’
A 76-year-old woman suffering from stomach pain was found to have a “stone baby” – a rare phenomenon which occurs most commonly when a fetus dies during an abdominal pregnancy – inside her.
The Cam Ranh General Hospital in the south central province of Khanh Hoa said the woman, whose name was not revealed, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after she had terrible pain in her stomach.
After tests and X-ray scan were done, doctors found a calcified fetus inside her abdomen.
The doctors assumed the fetus was around 30 years old, as the woman entered menopause 30 years ago.
She will undergo more tests before having the fetus removed.
Lithopedia may occur from 14 weeks gestation to full term. It is not unusual for a stone baby to remain undiagnosed for decades, and it is often not until a patient is examined for other conditions or a proper examination is conducted that includes an X-ray, that a stone baby is found.
According to one report there are only 300 known cases of stone babies in the world. The first case was reported in 1582.

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