'Stuck': Pregnant Kayla thanks Dr George Crawford as he pulls out teeth from her ovary

'Stuck': Pregnant Kayla thanks Dr George Crawford as he pulls out teeth from her ovary
Kayla on an episode of 'Stuck' (TLC)

TLC's latest medical reality TV show 'Stuck' is not for the fain-hearted. Like their show 'Dr Pimple Popper' which features Dr Sandra Lee do just what the show's title indicates, 'Stuck' shows the weirdest, most fascinating, and downright amazing surgeries required to free objects trapped inside people's bodies and sometimes it is in even in places where the sun don't shine. 

Kayla, who is 12 weeks pregnant, was featured in the latest episode of 'Stuck.' Everything was well until she began to experience pain and thought she needed to go to the hospital because she feared she was suffering a miscarriage, despite the fact that she was not bleeding. Previously on the show we had Brittany, a 28-year-old lady, from Atlanta who had a vibrator stuck up her rectum and the case of Mary, a woman whose artificial nails lodged themselves deep within her ear canal. 

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After hearing Kayla's story, Dr George Crawford assumed she had appendicitis, which, in the case of a pregnant woman, is not only harmful to the mother but also to the unborn child. The doctor began the procedure as fast as possible. However, as the doctor began to examine her insides, he discovered that she did not have appendicitis. It was something else and the doctors noticed a large mass over to one side. They found something lodged in Kayla's abdomen. The doctor called this ovarian teratoma. Also called a dermoid cyst of the ovary, this is a bizarre tumor, usually benign, in the ovary that typically contains a diversity of tissues including hair, teeth, bone, thyroid. Her ovaries were being twisted by the lump and she was losing blood to it.

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When the doctor began the procedure to remove the teratoma, a large amount of fluid began to come out as soon as he opened it. Although the fluid was not harmful to the patient's health. The medics attempted to remove the teratoma using suction. Hair started pouring out of the teratoma when the physicians made a hole in it, leading doctors to conclude it was a teratoma. The surgeons removed it and then peeled it apart to discover what was truly within it, as teratoma is almost like a rare gift for doctors and the first thing they want to do when they find it is to explore every part of it.

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When the surgeons opened it up, they discovered a tooth, then another tooth and eventually bone. The teratoma discovered in Kayla's stomach resembles a true teratoma that medical students read about in textbooks. A viewer watching the show couldn't believe what they saw as they wrote on Twitter:β€œThe Dr. is removing a tumor of some kind from a pregnant woman.
It has hair!” Another horrified viewer wrote: "I had to google how a teratoma forms because uh uh πŸ€’πŸ˜‚#StuckTLC."

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The good news is that Kayla didn't have appendicitis and will be able to have a healthy pregnancy, for which she was very thankful to Dr Crawford.

What is a Teratoma?

It is a type of germ cell tumor that may contain several types of body tissue. Teratomas are tumors made up of tissues, such as hair, muscle, and bone. They most often occur in the ovaries in women and the testicles in men. They may be benign or malignant. Symptoms vary depending on the location. A painful lump or swelling may be apparent. Some babies have a mass that can be seen on an ultrasound before birth. Treatment often involves surgery. In rare cases when a teratoma is malignant, chemotherapy or radiation may be required.

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