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Earliest Known Case of a Lithopedion:

On May 16, 1582, Madame Colombe Chatri passed away. She was a 68 year old woman who lived in the city of Sens. Twenty-eight years before her death, Madame Chatri had shown signs of her first pregnancy. During this time period her menstruations ceased, her breasts swelled in size, her stomach increased in size, and she was able to feel the fetus moving inside her (Bondeson, 1996). Before her due date, Madame Chatri experienced extreme labor pains. At this time a large amount of amniotic fluid and blood was passed from her body (Bondeson, 1996). The midwives in Sens, predicted that Colombe Chatri was going to give birth to her child, but this never occured. Instead, her labor pains stopped, the fetal movements could no longer be felt, and her breasts were reduced in size. After this Colombe Chatri did not feel well and had to remain in bed for three years (Bondeson, 1996). She still could feel what she considered at that time to be a hard tumor located in her lower abdomen. Toward the end of her life she experienced tiredness, abdominal pains, and a loss of appetite. Upon her death, Colombe Chatri’s husband requested that surgeons dissect her body because the townspeople believed that the fetus was still inside of her. Upon cutting through the stomach and peritomeum the two surgeons, Claude le Noir and Iehan Couttas, found the lithopedion (Bondeson, 1996).


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