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Somewhat Unusual: Weirdest Stone Formation in Human Body

Do you know that weirdest stone can grow in human body? What?! This sounds odd! You may hardly accept the fact of the arrival of the “new stone” in the body. You may not believe me, but this is a fact. Our body has become an ideal and favorable “breeding ground” for “weirdest stones” particularly in the bladder, kidney, liver and urinary tract. If these stones stay longer in our body, they may trigger our health problem and their existence may even life-threatening if immediate medical treatment is not given.

Salivary Gland Calculi (Sialolithiasis)

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The formation of non-cancerous stone (calcium-rich crystallized mineral or calculi) in the salivary gland (secrete saliva to help moisten and digest food) or duct (which drains the salivary gland), is medically termed as salivary gland calculi or sialolithiasis. Typically, approximately 80 to 90% of stone formation occurs in the submandibular gland (refers to angle of jaw, and the stone formation occurs here can obstruct Wharton’s duct), while 10 to 20% in the parotid gland duct (Stensen’s duct).

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Most of the stone formations are due to the factors of anatomical factors (uphill course of whartons duct), viscosity of saliva (more mucous in the submandibular gland) and pH of saliva (alkaline in the submandibular gland, while acidic in the parotid gland). Very often, stone formation occurs in middle-aged males or those who age 30 to 50 years old but they’re rarely seen among children. The stone may result in painful swelling and discomfort of the gland particularly with eating, trauma and inflammation, swollen and red salivary glands which are connected to the mouth via ducts, and higher risk of salivary gland infections (such as infections from streptococcus viridians, haemophilus influenza, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus pneumoniae), increased levels of calcium, and/or dehydration (phenothiazines).

Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths)

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Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths refer to irregularly shaped, yellow/whitish, foul-smelling globs of mucus and bacteria in the back of your throat, which can sometimes be a chronic oral problem. They’re primarily seen in adults than in children. Larger tonsilloliths can be extremely annoying since they cause horrendous halitosis (or bad breath) which of course, can become a nightmare to meet or greet people. Smaller tonsilloliths generally cause no symptom, but the larger one can result in sore throat, a bad taste (sometimes a metallic taste) in the back of the throat, tonsil swelling, otalgia (ear pain), and difficulty in swallowing, throat closing or tightening, and choking.

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  1. very informative,nice job Chan

  2. Excellent post!!..This is really highly informative and well written article on health tips..the stones looks scary too..learned new important lesson today..Thanx for sharing this great work..well done!!

  3. Fascinating article, I am going to have read it again, I can’t believe some of the stones that can be found in the human body! Excellent work Chan.

  4. Good job: just wish I wasn’t eating breakfast at the time! :)
    Thanks,
    Clay

  5. Yike..that looks scary, but very informative article!

  6. Unusual and weirdest stones.

  7. Did not know the human body could produce so many of these stones. Awesome info!

  8. Great job my friend. Really scary to lodge these stones inside us without our knowing.

  9. That’s quite scary to know. Excellent info.

  10. Very valuable article. Thank u.

  11. A very detailed and well written article. I never realised there were so many kinds of stones that can grow in the body.

    Christine

  12. A thought provoking informative article. It made me think more about what I don’t want in my body.Like it but the like button wouldn’t work again. I tried.

  13. AMAZING!! I am floored! This is an excellent article my friend! Wow… and that nasal stone? Yech! I would never have guessed. I had nasal surgery just over a year ago for something called “concha bullosa” and a cyst removed as well, but this thing is FAR more scary! You get my Stumble & DIGG on this one!

    -thestickman

  14. Wow, quite fascinating ~ I never knew so many stones existed in the body ~ very good article!!

  15. Wow! Chan, you have increased my knowledge in a great way. I keep learning from your posts. I really thank God I don’t have stones of any kind in my body. Every minute we are healthy counts as a blessing. Thank you again.

  16. You did it again, Chan…this is very well-researched and nicely written, thanks. Stumbled it.

  17. Wow. A detailed look at the stones in our body. Will have to check them again in the future as I can’t quite grasp them right now.

  18. A very thorough article Chan.

  19. Very well presented with lots of great pic! Hard to believe the size and placement of these. I once worked for an ENT who had a plaque on his wall with all the “things” he removed from the ENT. The plaque took up half a good sized wall.

  20. Very informative!

  21. Wow, very interesting. Loved your title and well done on all the research and accompanying pictures.

  22. Lots of interesting information. Great pics also. Thanks

  23. Woah.

  24. Some of these stones I had never heard of. They all must be horrible to have to deal with.I learn something new every day.

  25. I agree with Bitter Sweet.

    Inna

  26. Those are scary pictures. I passed a kidney stone – painful!

  27. It is nice to know about this fact. Very special and unique.

  28. Exhaustive – did you write it all? The threat at the end was a bit rich; (ruined the style) from where did you source your information? Still, thorough, graphic and very interesting.

    Thank-you . j

  29. This is so informative of an article. Thanks for writing it chan.

  30. To commenter James DeVere: You must be new to Triond if you are not familiar with Chan Lee Peng’s work here. Chan is extremely detailed with pictures in all of his articles. You should check them out. I am off to check out your work now, James, to see if your critisisms can be held up by your own work. Additionally, I did not see Chan threaten anyone.

  31. And thats why we don’t put money in our mouths (in regards to the Liver stones photo)

  32. hey good and scary, can u look at mines on how to find the center of a circle

  33. Whoa, whoa, whoa………..!!

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  34. Learned things I never knew before. Thanks.

  35. Thanks Chan for this very enlightening piece of information about all these stones that can affect us. I didn’t even know that these stones exist. I’ll come back to this later. A great piece.
    Monica.

  36. Well researched, well written and interesting article. Sorry I am so behind, my computer has been down and I am trying to catch up at work.

  37. Excelente artyiculo amigo.

  38. Wow. Incredible pics and info. Weird stuff is right!

  39. YUCK! Great article Chan. Scary pics!

  40. i nearly vomitted when i saw the nose stones..ouch..:)

    nice topic anyway..informative, i say:)

  41. These stones look quite painful. I had kidney stones before and i was in extreme pain.

  42. This is, perhaps, one of the grossest things I’ve read in a while. And it’s very well done!

  43. very informative!!! i’m more conscious with the food i eat….

  44. wow! truly amazing facts. Very informative.
    I remembered when I have that small kidney stones while in college. I was taking Chem engineering then. My doctor, a medical director and a Chem Eng grad too, blatantly told me “You knew very well that water is a universal solvent…” since then, I’m conscious about water therapy, and it did well, the three stones are gone in 14 years.

  45. Presented like an expert!

  46. Excellent work here Chan! Wow, to think all of those stones actually came from the human body is astounding!

  47. wow that is so amazing

  48. This is a very good post,never heard of some stones .

  49. duration of the formation of stone in gallbladder of size of around 1 cm???

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