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A lithopedion – also spelled lithopaedion or lithopædion – ( Ancient Greek : λίθος = stone ; Ancient Greek : παιδίον = small child, infant), or stone baby , is a rare phenomenon which occurs most commonly when a fetus dies during an abdominal pregnancy , [1] is too large to be reabsorbed by the body, and calcifies on the outside as part of a foreign body reaction , shielding the mother's body from the dead tissue of the fetus and preventing infection .

According to one report there are only 300 known cases of stone baby in the world, [3] recorded in over 400 years of medical literature. While the chance of abdominal pregnancy is one in 11,000 pregnancies, only between 1.5 and 1.8% of these abdominal pregnancies may develop into lithopedia. [4]

The earliest known lithopedion was found in an archaeological excavation at Bering Sinkhole, on the Edwards Plateau in Kerr County, Texas , and dated to 1100 BC. [5] Another early example was found in a Gallo-Roman archaeological site in Costebelle , southern France , dating to the 4th century. [6]


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