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Guinness medical marvels

Here are some interesting facts, records about medical extremities in the Guinness Book of Records.

  1. Garry Turner, of Caistor, Lincolnshire, England, stretched the skin of his stomach to a distended length of 15.8 cm. He has a rare medical condition called Elhers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissues (collagens) affecting the skin, ligaments and internal organs.
  2. The UK’s Tony Collins holds longest wait on a hospital trolley after spending 77 hours and 30 minutes stuck outside the toilets in the Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon, UK, between February 24 and 27, 2001.
  3. Peter Baulman (Australia) had a kidney stone removed from his right kidney weighing 356 g and measuring 11.86 cm
  4. The longest living hydrocephalic: Theresa Alvina Schaan (USA) was born on the March 17, 1941 and diagnosed with having congenital hydrocephalus. It is a condition in which there is extra cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain and spinal cord. A shunt has been inserted beneath her skull to drain the spinal fluid accumulating in her head.
  5. The biggest tumor ever weighed 137.6 kg and had a diameter of 1 m.

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  1. Theresa Alvina Schaan (USA) was born on the March 17, 1941 and diagnosed with having congenital hydrocephalus. It is a condition in which there is extra cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain and spinal cord. A shunt has been inserted beneath her skull to drain the spinal fluid accumulating in her head.

    i dont really see the word record abt this. is it the first of its kind or sth?

    November 25, 2006
  2. Theresa is the longest living hydrocephalic. That’s the record. But thanks for the comment, I insert a new sentence to make it clear. :)

    November 25, 2006
  3. Noid #

    My friend has hydrocephalus. It’s a bad disease, and sad to hear how seldom people live long lives with it.

    December 31, 2007
  4. Sharon Schaan #

    Theresa Alvina Schaan is from Kamloops BC Canada, not the USA.

    February 28, 2010
  5. Samantha #

    omg

    March 7, 2010
  6. Daniel Buckley #

    so how old did she live to? because I was born with spina bifida and would like to try to best the record

    October 9, 2010
  7. Anonymous #

    I am also a congenial hydrocephalic and would love to know how they kept her alive and healthy before the shunt. I mean, as I understand, they didn’t have shunts when she was born. They put my 1st on in at 6 days old which minimized the damage and I could live a more than normal life. Does anyone have any more information on this woman?

    January 19, 2011
  8. Anonymous #

    Sorry for the double post. I hit send before I put my info in.
    I am also a congenial hydrocephalic and would love to know how they kept her alive and healthy before the shunt. I mean, as I understand, they didn’t have shunts when she was born. They put my 1st on in at 6 days old which minimized the damage and I could live a more than normal life. Does anyone have any more information on this woman?

    January 19, 2011
    • Chandra Kelley #

      She is celebrating her 70th birthday next week. we know she had a surgery as a young child and the dr did something to stop the enlarging.

      March 13, 2011
  9. Anonymous #

    I know a women who is 74 and is a Congenial Hydrocephalic and did not have a shunt until she was 53 years old I believe she is the oldest person today. She is living
    and had 3 children w/o a shunt.

    June 23, 2011
    • Anonymous #

      My brother is 76 and still living……he has hydrocephalus

      January 20, 2013
      • Robin Holloway #

        Where does you brother live ? I too have it, was congenital and I am currently 51 years old .

        June 5, 2013
  10. Theresa is the longest living hydrocephalic. That’s the record. But thanks for the comment, I insert a new sentence to make it clear. :)

    July 19, 2011

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