Medical Staff Remove A ‘Hard-Boiled Egg’ That Was Living In A Man’s Abdomen For 20 Years

It can be difficult to invest in our own health. While we might tell our loved ones to head to the doctor for symptoms no worse than a head cold, we will often ignore our own internal issues, pushing through indeterminable pains for far too long.

Closing his eyes to a chronic discomfort is exactly what one east coast man had been doing for years before he finally had enough. As his medical condition became too severe to just brush off any longer, he caved and finally saw a doctor. That’s when the unfathomable truth behind his troubles finally came to light.

Raymond Thompson suffered from a medical condition not uncommon among older folk. However, in the case of this 62-year-old Maryland resident, nothing about his condition was common at all.

For 20 years, he fought the overpowering urge to urinate. “When I have to go to the bathroom at night,” he said, “I have to run.” In the dead of night, he had to be an Olympic sprinter—this wasn’t something he could battle with over-the-counter meds.

Finally, in 2013, Raymond went to the doctor’s office, where medical professionals performed specialized tests collecting samples of his blood and urine. What did they find?

Nothing. The samples showed that Raymond was a seemingly healthy, 62-year-old man—a frustrating revelation. Would he have to spend his days and nights in a porta potty? Well, not if his own hypothesis was true.

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“Something’s in there,” Raymond told the doctors holding his all-clear paperwork. So medical professionals conducted an ultrasound to finally get to the bottom of things…

What doctors found floored them. Hidden within the meat of his abdomen pressing on his bladder was a giant peritoneal loose body, below. Um, a what?

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“It looked like an egg” when doctors removed it, Raymond said. But then, he revised his description. “It looked like a shiny pearl. Big.” It was, he knew, the source of his 20-year-long problem.

How did the giant peritoneal loose body get into his abdomen in the first place? And what can others do to ensure they’re never carrying one of those not-so-bejeweled egg-shaped masses around themselves? Doctors explained…

Dr. Rachael Sussman, front and center, at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, said the mass started forming when a piece of fat inside Raymond’s body broke away.

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“When [the fat] falls away from its attachments and its blood supply,” Dr. Sussman said, “it can turn to calcium. And over time, the mass can grow and grow and grow. Kind of like a pearl in an oyster.”

Believe it or not, the masses themselves aren’t unheard of, but case reports in the U.S. National Library of Medicine suggest that they’re rare. Raymond’s stomach egg, according to Dr. Sussman, was unusual.

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“It’s unusual,” Dr. Sussman said, “because it’s the largest one ever reported in the literature.” Indeed at four inches long and nearly half a pound, Raymond carried around a seriously huge calcium mass about the size of a potato.

To put that into perspective, your average, run-of-the-mill peritoneal loose body might only grow to be 1-5 centimeters—the size of a pea or tiny diamond. Clearly, Raymond’s was a beast of a specimen.

With the mass diagnosed and pinpointed, Raymond sought surgery to have the thing removed. He had one simple request for whoever would be wielding the scalpel.

“I said, ‘well, when you take it out, I want to keep it,'” Raymond said. “‘It’s my property.'” Those were terms doctors could agree to, and Dr. Sussman herself put Raymond under the knife.

“I basically just scooped out the mass and removed it,” she said, eloquently. Once done with the surgery, doctors cut the mass into little disks and dyed it green for contrast to help them identify any abnormalities, left. To Raymond, it looked like an avocado.

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Dr. Sussman wrote about Raymond’s egg-shaped mass for The New England Journal of Medicine, and later surmised he might’ve been carrying the mass for much longer than 20 years! So how did he feel after its removal?

Without the mass, a half-pound-lighter Raymond confessed he still has to take late-night trips to the bathroom. But now, he said with a smile, “I have to walk fast, but I don’t have to run.” Reporters asked one last question for Raymond…

They asked him how it felt to produce a record-breaking mass and making medical history. He said with a smile, “I expected it. I’m a special person.” A special person who doesn’t have to pee quite so much anymore, bonus points!

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Check out the video below to see more about Raymond’s giant peritoneal loose body. Good thing he invested in his health and took a trip to the doctor. Otherwise, he might still be in the bathroom.

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