A 67-year-old Sri Lankan man has made medical history by having the world’s largest kidney stone removed from his body. The stone weighed an astonishing 2.4 kilograms (5.3 pounds) and was the size of a grapefruit.

The man, whose identity has not been revealed, had been experiencing severe pain in his back and abdomen for several months. After seeking medical attention, doctors performed a CT scan that revealed the massive stone.

In a remarkable feat of medical expertise, the stone was removed through a minimally invasive surgery. A small incision was made in the man’s abdomen and the stone was broken up and removed using a laser. The man is now recovering well and is expected to make a full recovery.

This record-breaking kidney stone surpasses the previous record held by a man in India, who had a 1.9 kilogram (4.2 pound) stone removed in 2019.

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys and can be caused by various factors such as dehydration, obesity, and high blood pressure. While most kidney stones are small and pass through the urinary tract without causing problems, larger stones can block the urinary tract and cause severe pain.

If you experience any pain in your back or abdomen or notice blood in your urine, it is important to see a doctor right away. Kidney stones can be serious but are usually treatable.

To help prevent kidney stones, here are some tips:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water
  • Eat a healthy diet low in sodium and high in potassium
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid taking excessive amounts of vitamin C
  • If you have a family history of kidney stones, talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk

By following these tips and seeking medical attention if needed, you can help reduce your risk of developing kidney stones.