A Baby Boy Has Been Born With Three Penises For The First Time Ever And Doctors Are Stunned

A Baby Boy Has Been Born With Three Penises For The First Time Ever And Doctors Are Stunned

The baby boy from Duhok in Iraq had to have surgery to remove two extra penises.

Every once in a while we come across a medical marvel that completely blows our mind. In this case, we have the tale of an Iraqi boy who was the first-ever to be born with three penises. Doctors near Mosul, in the north of the country, have claimed that the boy is the only such person to have this strange deformity. According to Daily Mail, the doctors were the first to ever publish a study highlighting a case called human triphallia—s case where someone has three penises. However, two of the penises attached to the shaft of the actual penis and bottom of the scrotum were removed surgically as only one was functional.



Reports suggest the boy, who is unidentified, is a native of Kurd from Duhok. He was three months old when the news of his bizarre affliction was published last year. As per doctors, one in every five to six million boys are born with more than one penis, with at least 100 cases of diphallia—or two penises—recorded worldwide. Per the International Journal of Surgery Case, however, the Iraqi boy is the first to have triphallia. Prior to this, there was one case in India that went viral in 2015 but experts were unable to verify the report because it wasn't published in a medical journal.



Initially, the parents took him to a hospital after noticing swelling in the boy's scrotum. When they arrived at the hospital they were shocked to see he had two extra appendages. While the main one measured 2 cm and was located to the root of the main penis, the other two were 1 cm long and were positioned below the scrotum. Doctors enquired on whether the child had been exposed to drugs during pregnancy or if there was a family history of genetic abnormalities in the family but both cases were ruled out. When urologists conducted their tests, they found that neither of the extra penises had a urethra—the tube that urine passes through—and that's when they decided surgery was the best option.



According to Dr. Shakir Saleem Jabali, the author of the report, no problems were encountered during the follow-up visit a year after the operation. Even though the first case of supernumerary penises - the technical term for extra appendages - was reported way back in the 1600s, scientists are still baffled at the condition as they are yet to find a reason behind it. Offering his counsel, Dr. Jabali added that every case had a "unique presentation". In the journal, he wrote: "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case with three penises or triphallia. No similar case is present in literature in human beings."



Triphallia is also a condition associated with other atypicalities such as being born with two anuses or scrotums. There have even been cases where boys have been able to urinate and ejaculate out of both penises. According to Healthline, the condition of having multiple penises is not dangerous in itself. However, they are associated with many other conditions that do cause medical problems. People with diphallia or other similar conditions often experience other congenital defects, including digestive and urinary tract problems. In another story of a rare condition we'd reported a while ago, a baby in Barranquilla, Colombia was absorbed her sibling's fetus after it stopped developing sometime during the pregnancy. The mother, Monica Vega, was in for a surprise when she heard she might be having twins after doctors found two umbilical cords.



The umbilical cord was part of the fetus that had stopped growing during the gestation period and was only a mass of flesh attached to the body of the live baby.  Soon after the delivery, emergency surgery was conducted wherein the baby's lifeless 'parasitic twin' was removed. 

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