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A man has had an incredible 420 kidney stones removed from his kidney by doctors after attending a hospital doubled up in pain.

Mr He from Zhejiang Province in eastern China, checked into the Dongyang Peoples Hospital complaining of intense pain in his abdomen last month. A CT scan revealed that his left kidney was packed full of stones, most of them tiny.

Doctors operated on Friday in an agonising procedure that lasted about two hours. Surgeons have blamed He Dong’s his poor health on his high protein tofu diet.

The 55 year old had surgery on his left kidney which lasted two hours at the Dongyang Peoples Hospital in Jinhua city of East China’s Zhejiang province.3

A CT scan for abdominal pain revealed his kidney was filled with 420 stones.

The unusually high number of stones was attributed to the high concentration of gypsum tofu, a popular local food, in Mr Hes diet. The tofu contains calcium sulphate, which cannot be expelled from the body without a sufficient intake of water. He told doctors he ate a large daily diet of this gypsum tofu .

Mr He said he had a history of suffering from kidney stones. Twenty years ago he had 10 stones removed using a procedure called lithotripsy, which sends shock waves to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, or ureter until they are small enough to pass in the urine.

“I have worked as a doctor for 30 years and have never seen so many stones,” said Zhou Changchun, the attending surgeon, according to state newspaper Qianjiang Evening Post.

Wei Yubin, the chief surgeon, said that the kidney would have stopped working had Mr He delayed seeking medical attention any longer, and the kidney most likely removed.

Dr Wei Yubin also explained: “Soy products, especially gypsum tofu, are very high in calcium, the excess of which cannot be excreted from body without a sufficient intake of water.”

Medical records showed that some of the stones had been diagnosed several years ago but he had chosen to do nothing about the condition.

The Shanghaiist reports that the patient had 10 stones removed 20 years ago using lithotripsy, a medical procedure that destroys kidney stones.

But this time, the doctors removed the 420 stones one at a time with forceps.

“The operation almost took two hours. We spent 45 minutes just taking out the tiny stones. After the operation, my hands and legs were both numb.”

Manual worker He, 55, who is from Jinhua city says he doesn’t like drinking water, but has been ordered to change his eating habits.

He has been told to cut down the amount of tofu he consumes every day, and has kept the stones as a souvenir.

he medical name for kidney stones is nephrolithiasis. If the stones cause severe pain, this is known as renal colic. Most kidney stones are small enough, between 4 to 5mm in diameter, to be passed naturally.

Kidney stones are quite common and usually affect people aged 30 to 60 years. It is estimated that renal colic affects about 10 to 20 per cent of men and three to five per cent of women, according to the NHS.

Author: Ishan Hasnat – Bangladesh

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