Philippines: Doctor Finds Pearls In Sick Man’s Kidney
Manila | A Filipino surgeon made a curious discovery while operating on one of his patient’s kidneys when he fell upon what appears to be...
Manila | A Filipino surgeon made a curious discovery while operating on one of his patient’s kidneys when he fell upon what appears to be man-made pearls.
The 54-year old patient who reportedly undertook surgery of his left kidney surprised surgeons when they found a dozen small pearls, weighting an impressive 1.3 ounces, inside his kidney.
The unusual discovery of pearls in a human body are the first occurrence of such a happening in medical history, a fact many experts find hard to believe.
A dozen small uneven featured pearls were found in the patient’s kidney
“If I had not seen this with my own eyes, I would’ve never believed this” comments surgeon Ken Guamatarez laughingly, who participated in the 5 hour long operation.
If the discovery has aroused much curiosity in the scientific community, no true conclusion has yet been made about how such a transformation within the human body could occur.
“Pearls are commonly known to be a by-product of an adaptive immune system-like function” explains biologist Mike G. Ward from Berkeley University. “Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain mollusks as a defense mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite inside the shell, or an attack from outside, injuring the mantle tissue” he adds. “It is very peculiar to find this occurring in a human body, I find this truly mind-bogling” admits the expert.
The patient, who has decided to donate his kidney’s pearls to the local University, hopes further studies will help to shed some light upon this fascinating discovery.