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Calcification in the World


Calcification processes that lead to lithopedion formation are very rare today. Technology and advanced medical care has prevented many cases from developing into lithopedions. In well developed countries, cases of lithopedions are not seen. In recent case studies it has been found that lithopdeions are found in underdeveloped countries. The absense or limited forms of health care, along with cultural differences, prevent patients from seeking the medical attention that is needed. Since lithopedions do not pose a threat to the health of the pregnant woman, women often do not seek treatment to deliver their baby. Many women have been shown to live with a “stone child” for many years, and have been able to have other children while the calcified fetus remains in the body.


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