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The world's first baby with three penises is born, an anomaly known as triphalia

Only one in five to six million boys is born with more than one penis, and there are only 100 cases of diphalia (two penises) recorded worldwide. And scientists remain puzzled about the cause of supernumerary penises – technical name for extra limbs – whose first case was recorded in the seventeenth century.

This is what the authors of a report point out in a report published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, where they detail the first case of a newborn with three penises, something totally unpublished.

In fact, they talk that there was a case in India that went viral in 2015, but the story could not be verified because it was never detailed in a medical journal. Therefore, experts affirm that this Kurdish baby from Duhok (Iraq) is the first documented with triphalia (three penises).

Only one of them was functional

The boy’s parents took him to the hospital because of the swelling of his scrotum, but when he arrived the doctors realized that the boy had two extra penises. One was 2 cm and was located at the root of his main penis, while the other was 1 cm and was located below the scrotum.

It was investigated whether the child had been exposed to drugs during pregnancy or had a family history of genetic abnormalities. But neither case occurred and the cause of the condition remains a mystery, although it appears to be associated with other abnormalities, such as being born with two scrotums or years.

Urologists in northern Iraq, near Mosul, discovered that two of the penises – attached to the shaft of his real penis and the bottom of his scrotum – did not have a urethra, the tube through which urine passes, and decided that the best option was surgery.

According to Dr. Shakir Saleem Jabali, a surgeon at the Duhok University School of Medicine (Iraq) and author of the report, there have been cases of boys who can urinate and ejaculate for two penises. But in this case the child’s additional penises were not functional, so the surgery was less complicated: “no problems were found one year after the operation.”

Via | Daily Mail

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